Get to know your health at pop-up shop

Published: Wednesday 25th January 17

The Wandsworth Get to Know Your Health Pop-up Shop is now officially open in Southside, handing out free check-ups and advice to shoppers until February 9.

Cllr Maddan cuts the ribbon, with members of the public health team and nurses Eddy and Sheila

Wandsworth health spokesman Cllr Jim Maddan went along to cut the ribbon and welcome the public into the shop, run by Wandsworth Council’s public health department.

The shop is in a central location in the Wandsworth Town Centre mall, opposite the entrance to Debenhams and next to New Look. It is open from 9am-7pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm on Saturdays and 11am to 4.30pm on Sundays.

The launch was attended by members of the public health team and a representative from Southside, which is donating the unit for free. Planet Organic donated healthy treats.

Specialist nurses are on hand in the shop to give advice and health check-ups, including blood sugar and blood pressure checks and BMI measuring. All the checks are quick, confidential and completely free. No appointment is necessary, so people can get this done quickly and simply while they shop.

You will also be able to get free information and advice on the signs and symptoms of diabetes and cancer, information on sexual health and much more.

You can get free, no-fuss health checks

Nurses Eddy and Sheila, who have staffed the previous three council health pop-up shops, will be encouraging residents to make the most of the wide range of support offered by Wandsworth Council, such as health trainers, stop smoking support, weight management services and exercise taster sessions.

Cllr Maddan said:

“It was a pleasure to formally open the shop, which has already helped dozens of people since it first opened its doors the previous day. Southside have donated a fantastic unit and we hope that many people who may otherwise struggle to find the time to see their GP will instead pop in while they shop and get themselves checked out, have a chat with our friendly nurses and find out about the free support on offer in the borough.”

Get to Know Your Health Pop-up Shop

Where – Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth (Next to New Look and opposite Debenhams)

When – January 23 – February 9.

  • 9am-7pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am-5.30pm on Saturdays
  • 11am to 4.30pm on Sundays.

Just drop in.

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