Spreading the #datasaveslives message at Preston Health Mela

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Posted on the 25th April 2018

CHC NWC Project Manager Paul Brain spreads the message #datasaveslives while checking a visitor’s blood pressure at the Preston Health Mela held at the University of Central Lancashire

Connected Health Cities was in the spotlight at the 17th annual Preston Health Mela.

The Innovation Agency, one of the four partners of the North West Coast CHC project, exhibited at the event which was organised by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing.

Held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on Saturday, 14th April, hundreds of visitors attended the Health Mela which was supported by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trusts and a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations.

The University’s Foster building was home to over 60 stalls providing a wealth of information and entertainment on community health and wellbeing.

The Mela provided a platform for the Connected Health Cities (CHC) team to spread the message #datasaveslives and chat to professionals and public about the important work happening all over the North West Coast and Greater Manchester.

CHC in the North West Coast aims to make better use health data to improve patient care. Focusing on three pathways – unplanned emergency admissions for alcohol misuse, COPD and epilepsy – the data will be linked analysed and shared to help redesign health services.

Dr Kieran Moriarty, CBE, consultant physician and gastroenterologist at the Royal Bolton Hospital and alcohol lead for the British Society of Gastroenterology spoke on the topic of “alcohol induced ill health, homelessness and A&E attendance – challenges for our community,” supported by his colleague Dr Chris Moulton.

He presented details of some of the most recent research in this important area and outlined potentially effective strategies for encouraging responsible alcohol consumption, which links to the CHC clinical team who are working on improving services for patients with alcohol issues.

The Innovation Agency also had a team of AF Ambassadors available at the event who were busy testing pulses and checking blood pressure.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heart rate which is the cause of one in five strokes – using AliverCor Kardia and My Diagnostick portable ECG devices.

AF Ambassadors are members of the public who have been trained in testing pulses in partnership with the Stroke Association to detect AF and help to prevent strokes.

Mayor of Preston, Counsellor Brian Rollo, was one over 60 people who came to get their pulses tested – with four people testing positive for possible AF. They were signposted to their GP for further investigation thus preventing potentially life-threatening strokes.

Visitors also enjoyed dance performances sponsored by the Gujarat Hindu Society and Dance Syndrome, explored an amazing, inflatable walk-in mega-brain, took on the role of doctor or nurse in the popular Teddy Bears’ Clinic, relaxed with a Reiki session or massage and used pedal-power to create a healthy drink on the smoothie bike.









They visited the theatre to learn about the work of the Preston Street Pastors and how to keep the family safe whilst using technology, as well as having a full health MOT which included height and weight checks, cholesterol, blood sugar and eye checks.

Overall, the Mela had all the ingredients for an exciting and thought-provoking day out.

Dr Julia Reynolds, Head of Programmes at the Innovation Agency, said: “This is the second Mela we have attended at the invitation of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing which gives the Innovation Agency a chance to showcase the work we are doing for the benefit of patients across the North West Coast.”

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