NHS Greater Glasgow officially launched its innovative ‘Wellman' pilot programme for men across the city.
The pilot programme, which is funded by the Scottish Executive, will run in eight centres across six areas in Greater Glasgow for a period of 18 months and offers men living and working in Glasgow the opportunity to access out of hours health advice and screening on a self-referral, invitation or drop-in basis.
The services will run from a combination of health centres and community venues and in addition to giving health advice and screening, will offer men the opportunity and time to discuss any health matters they may have concerns about.
While services will be open to all men the initiative is hoping to target men who face significant barriers in accessing health services including deaf men, homeless men, black and minority men, men living in areas of deprivation and men living in isolation.
Individual consultations can last up to 40 minutes and the diverse mix of community partners supporting the service means men attending can be referred on to a range of additional support services including debt counselling, smoking cessation, stress management and weight management.
The services are free to men, though all men attending will be asked to give additional time to complete user questionnaires to help evaluate the programme.
Tam Cowan, TV football pundit, newspaper columnist and radio presenter is supporting the programme having recently undergone his own health transformation.Tam was picked by men from communities across Glasgow as the most appropriate role model to head up the campaign and appears in posters, postcards and even beer mats across the city!
Andy Scott, Wellman Network Pilot Co-ordinator, NHS Greater Glasgow is hoping the clinics will be a success and encourage men to think about their health.
He said:"This initiative gives men the opportunity to access health services as well as advice and support.They can drop-in at their convenience and staff will be on hand to address their concerns.
"The clinics are open for everyone to access but we would like men who face problems accessing health services to use these clinics as a starting point."
The clinics are based in-Springburn Health Centre, Townhead Health Centre, Gorbals (Deaf Connections), Community Centre for Health in Partick, Darnley Street Family Centre, Easterhouse Health Centre, Priesthall Community Centre and Shettleston Health Centre.
Clinics are held between 6.00 and 9.00 p.m.
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