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"Keep Well Changed My Life"

March 20, 2008 3:10 PM

Keep well within East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) is a 2 year health project, which aims to improve the overall health of people aged 45-64. In East Glasgow there are 9 participating GP practices and a number of services that cover a range of lifestyle issues.

Patients are invited to their GP practice for a health consultation lasting 45 minutes.  The patient gets a chance to talk about any issues they might have regarding their health such as stress, smoking or diet and if any issues are identified the patient can be referred to a range of services.

‘I suffer from chronic pain due to dislocated ribs and had been told II would always be in pain.   I thought I had nothing to lose by going along to the Keep well check and I am glad I did.  The check was straightforward and they tested for things that I wouldn’t normally think about’.
 Matilda said,
One Keep well patient believes the project has changed her life.  Matilda Horner from Sandyhills attended her health check despite feeling there was not much to gain:

Matilda has benefited from the referral pathways put in place by the project and is now using a number of the services involved ‘I was referred to the Alternatives Stress Centre and the Health Counsellor at Tollcross Leisure Centre, I didn’t know that any of these services existed before my health check.  I now go to the gym and swimming which helps ease the pain I suffer.  Before Keep well, I didn’t do much and thought it would always be this way – Keep well has changed my life!’

More information 0141 201 4429.


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If you wish further information about Keep well (East) please contact Irene MacPhail on 0141 232 0169.  Or visit our website www.chps.org.uk - East Glasgow


Jackie Britton, Keep well Project Manager for North and East CHCP said:
“The focus of the project is heart disease - seeking to prevent this where possible or help patients who have developed symptoms better manage their care. However, there are a range of health and well being services supporting the project including money advice, literacy/numeracy support and employability. Keep well is using existing health and well being services within East Glasgow. The Keep well project recognises that a range of lifestyle factors influence peoples health and we would encourage patients to access the full range of services available.’”

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