GP surgeries team up to keep kids healthy

Active Kids

A group of GP surgeries are joining forces to launch a pioneering new community event to keep kids healthy.

Peartree Medical Centre, Derby Family Medical Centre, Clarence Road Surgery, and St Thomas Road Surgery are teaming up to host the first ever ‘Healthy Kids are Happy Kids’ event for Derby families.

Together the four GP practices have around 18,000 patients – with approximately a third of those under 16 years – so they bid for collaborative working funding to educate and promote child health and wellbeing.

The successful bid to NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which the practices are members of, saw them receive £2,700 to put into the day.

It will take place on Wednesday 14 October, between 2.30pm and 5pm at the Indian Community Centre, in Rawdon Street, and include:

•             advice from health professionals including GPs, nurses, midwives, school nurses & health visitors

•             dental advice

•             stalls from Derby City Council’s public health. Livewell, and children’s centre services, opticians, J                                       Pak Foods, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service,

•             face painting

•             bouncy castle

•             treasure hunt

•             pharmacy advice

•             raffle.

Free healthy food samples will be on offer throughout the day and information and advice about keeping healthy and taking part in activity and exercise.

Mike Newbold, Practice Manager at Peartree Medical Centre, said: “All four GP surgeries are excited to be working together to improve the health of children and families in Derby.

“This is the first event of its kind and we hope to get a good turnout from our patient groups so we can help them find out what they can do to look after themselves in the best way and prevent illnesses that could limit them getting the most out of life.

“We also want to make sure everyone has fun while we get these important messages across!”

Kate Brown, Director of Planning and Primary Care Development said: “We’re keen for our GP practices to reach out to their communities and promote healthy lifestyles.

“We’re working with all our membership GP surgeries to support and maintain the health of people in southern Derbyshire and this work is a good example of taking a new approach.”

Published: 09/10/2015