Have you seen the white van with the map of the East Riding traveling between Beverley and the Holderness coast and wondered to yourself what’s that all about?
Since October 2018 the fishermen and their families of Flamborough, Bridlington, Hornsea, and Withernsea have had their very own dedicated Healthtrainer Service and the Van is our very own portable consultation room. In that time we have engaged with 349 individuals, encouraging, motivating and supporting the fishing community in adopting lifestyle changes to improve both their physical and mental health.
We have a dedicated team of Healthtrainers and other professionals that support the fishermen and their families including Mick a muscular-skeletal physio (MSK) who comes onto the vehicle each month and undertakes physical assessments on injuries and offers advice on exercises and referrals for further support. Alongside Mick, we have Tom our Physiological Wellbeing Practitioner who works for the trusts IAPT service. Tom works with improving the fishing communities stress and anxieties, by talking and listening and offering practical support and tips on improving mental health.
Throughout the year we have also run Events with the charity Dentaid. This enables the Fishermen to be seen by a Dentist and appropriate treatment and advice are then given. During our first event, a staggering 13 teeth were extracted that day!
We have also delivered 96 NHS health checks to identify those at risk of heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, diabetes, and dementia. A 30-minute appointment where blood pressure, blood cholesterol, weight, and height are checked and discussions on smoking, drinking and activity levels will highlight risks of developing Cardiovascular disease ad can therefore potentially save a life! Fishermen at risk are referred back to their GP practice for further support to reduce the risk of developing these life-changing conditions.
Last but by no means least is our Boditrax body composition machine to help the fishing community understand their body makeup. A Quick 1-minute check breaks the body down to water, fat, and muscle and gives a relative metabolic age of the results. These results are then saved and can be compared to in the future once the Fisherman has made changes to their lifestyle to help them see the impact a healthy lifestyle is having on their body makeup.
The Fishing community work long hours and can be offshore for long periods at a time. This can make it difficult for them to access vital healthcare needed to help them keep healthy and prevent any long term conditions from occurring. These services provided by the team and other external services are vital in helping the Fisherman focus on their job without needing to organising appointments in healthcare settings that they might not be able to attend if they are out at sea.