Farm families health checks programme

The Farm Families Health Checks Programme is aimed at improving the health and social wellbeing of rural dwellers in Northern Ireland by increasing access to health screening services.

The programme consists of a mobile screening unit which visits farmers markets and rural community events to offer on the spot health checks consisting of blood pressure monitoring, BMI, cholesterol breakdown, diabetic screening, Q risk score and mental health screening. In addition individual lifestyle advice is given on a range of health issues and onward referral to local support services as required.

The programme has been positively evaluated and has been delivered throughout Northern Ireland since July 2012. Funding has been provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA),the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the support of qualified nurses throughout the various health trusts who assist carrying out the health checks.

For general enquiries or further information about the programme including the venues the screening van will be visiting please contact: Christine Faulkner, Regional Co-ordinator, Eileen Irwin, Farm Families Nurse, or the Programme Support Officer as follows:

Health and Wellbeing Department
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Spruce House
Cushendall Road
Ballymena
Tel 028 2563 5573
Email: farm.families6@northerntrust.hscni.net
Email:
christine.faulkner@northerntrust.hscni.net

 

 

Page last updated:03 July 2019