More than 230 people take advantage of health checks organised by Uckfield Lions

More than 230 people took advantage of health checks organised in Uckfield by the town’s Lions Club on Saturday.lions_logo_un

A prostate cancer and diabetes screening event was held at the Belmont Centre next to Holy Cross Church.

The Lions worked in partnership with the prostate cancer support organisation PCaSO, which conducted 229 tests for men of the community.

Blood samples

Blood samples taken are sent to Worthing Hospital for analysis and each patient will receive a letter with the month giving their result and recommending any action that might need to be taken.

Diabetes screening, with instant results provided, was conducted by physician associate Alyson Ring, nurses Amanda Baxter, Liz Knight, and Emma Sibley, and pharmacist David Skinner.

Tests were conducted for 239 people – many were the same people who had prostate screening – and 28 patients were counselled or referred on to their GP for further review.

Further service

As a further service everyone attending was offered the Diabetes UK Risk Assessment which requires body measurement to be done in the patient’s home.

This indicates the probability of the patient developing diabetes in future years and indicates appropriate action to be taken by the patient for each recorded score.

Uckfield Lions say both prostate cancer and diabetes conditions are significantly more manageable if they are diagnosed early and they are happy to help support the NHS and avoid unnecessary problems for local people.

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