People across West Dunbartonshire who suffer from coronary heart disease will be able to access more support to help them reduce their risks.
Support will be provided from primary care NHS services through the national Keep Well scheme and will enable people with coronary heart disease to attend their general practice for a full health check.
Following a full health check, the scheme will offer patients access to a range of services that support lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation and weight management.
Other services that will be provided include welfare rights, literacy, and employment advice. All general practices across West Dunbartonshire are able to participate in the initiative, which means that the maximum number of local people should benefit from this development.
Mr Soumen Sengupta, Head of Planning and Health Improvement at West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (WDCHP), said: “Coronary heart disease is a major problem for too many people and their families in West Dunbartonshire.
“Unfortunately this is not surprising given the high levels of smoking and other risk behaviours that we know also exist.
“Our local Keep Well scheme is a key element of the NHS concerted effort to reduce the ill-health and deaths caused by it.”
Dr Alan McDevitt, a local GP said: “This improved service from local General Practices working together with other local services will help anyone with coronary heart disease to keep well and live life to the full.
“Whilst it is up to individuals to make the effort to change their lifestyles, we can help people to get the most out of their lives by staying healthy and active.”
In addition to smoking cessation support provided by local GP practices, all pharmacies in West Dunbartonshire offer one-to-one support on a drop in basis, and there are specialist midwife services for pregnant women who want to get help stop smoking.
The WDCHP also runs regular smoking groups which are relaxed, informal, free and a great way to help quit.
The West Dunbartonshire Stop Smoking Specialist Services can be contacted on 0141 435 7507 or email [email protected]
- see chps.org.uk/westdunbartonshire for more information.
Notes to Editors
Keep Well is a national preventative care project, which focuses on cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol.
The project aims to prevent coronary heart disease in people aged 45 to 64 individuals, in the target age group, will be invited to attend GP practices for a health check looking at blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. Individuals will then have access to a range of other services supporting lifestyle changes including exercise and weight management, smoking cessation, stress centres, literacy and employability.
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