Stock up on e-health and a heart check (there’s cake or fruit too)

Shoppers can stock up on health advice that can bring them into the digital age tomorrow (Thursday July 5).

They can also get a heart-age check at the mobile van outside Hanley’s Tesco store in Clough Street. And there’s free tea, coffee, soft drinks, cake and fruit from noon-5pm.

A specially equipped van will be in the car park staffed by NHS digital champions and Wavemaker who will be giving people advice on how easily and freely available tech is transforming healthcare.

Dr Ruth Chambers, Stoke-on-Trent CCG’s Chair said: “Digital technology is absolutely key to how the NHS is going to rise to the challenge of increasing demand, and we want to let people know about it. That’s why we are going to be going out on the road and spreading the word. This is just the first one a series of events we’ll be holding.

“North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is at the heart of this revolution. We have pioneered telehealth that gives patients extraordinary control over managing their long-term conditions.

“Our Flo Telehealth technology, developed here, is nationally and internationally recognised as being a leader. It means people can monitor their condition in their home, and send in results to GPs and nurses. They even get reminders if they forget to self-test.

“We’ll also be promoting free apps such as Manage Your Health and Happy Health which have been developed in partnership with Keele University.”

Manage Your Health (available on Google Play, App Store and Amazon) uses computer-animated characters to demonstrate good techniques and advice on managing a range of conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Hypertension, Atrial Fibrillation and back pain.

Happy Health (on Google Play and App Store) is a fun educational app aimed at 5-10 year olds and challenges them to make healthy eating choices.

The health roadshow is being funded using a £50,000 pathfinder grant the Good Things Foundation and NHS Digital have awarded.