NHS Greater Glasgow is to receive £477,000 to develop and improve local health services for men across the city.
The additional funding, which is part of a £2.3m national funding package announced today by the Scottish Executive, will be used to fund a range of new health initiatives designed to meet the specific needs of men.
This will include the introduction of new men's health clinics in local health centres and community venues across Greater Glasgow in conjunction with North Glasgow, Eastern Glasgow, Bridgeton, Dennistoun, Greater Shawlands, Westone and South East Glasgow Local Health Care Co-operatives (LHCCs) and the Greater Pollok Healthy Living Initiative.
Men attending the clinics will be asked to complete a questionnaire to help identify potential problems linked to lifestyle factors such as stress, diet and smoking. They will also be able to have samples of their blood and urine analyzed (which can help indicate problems related to diabetes, underlying infections and kidney function), have their blood pressure checked (which can indicate early heart disease and undiagnosed essential hypertension) and have their weight and height checked to identify their Body Mass Indicator (BMI). Results of the tests will be available at the same appointment and individuals can be referred to their GP, other healthcare professional or a number of voluntary agencies, as appropriate.
Additional initiatives include plans to recruit an outreach development worker to build links with the local community and obtain feedback from service users in the East end of Glasgow, train local volunteers to take key health messages out to men in the Greater
Pollok area and introduce new weight management classes for men in the South East of Glasgow. A Greater Glasgow network co-ordinator will also be recruited to monitor activity and ensure services are delivered to a consistent high quality across the city.
Tom McCabe, Deputy Minister for Health said: "It's been a well-known fact for some time now, that for a number of reasons, Scotland's men are much more reluctant than women to go to the doctor for regular check ups.
"Men need to be encouraged and supported to take more responsibility for their own health. If they don't start taking an interest in their lifestyle and wellbeing they could be causing real problems for themselves in everyday life. It's never too late to choose change, look good, feel better and enjoy the best health".
Alastair Low, Senior Health Promotion Officer for Men's Health, NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "We welcome this additional funding which will help us to significantly improve and expand our existing local health services for men across the city."
He added: "Many local groups and individuals have been involved in developing these initiatives and the feedback from local pilots has been very encouraging. We are committed to monitoring and reviewing these new developments on an ongoing basis to ensure they continue to meet the needs of men."
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