Free health checks for local fishermen

Just Regional
Feb 24, 2016 2 mins read

During March and April this year, Public Health Norfolk will be returning to the Norfolk coast to offer free quayside health checks to the area’s fishermen.

Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team, which commissions health checks for men aged 40-74, has teamed up with a national charity, the Fishermen’s Mission. The Fish Well scheme will be bringing the popular NHS health checks, which usually take place in pharmacies and GP’s surgeries, out onto the quayside.

Health checks will be taking place on Cromer Promenade (next to Henry Blogg museum), on March 3 and 4, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Fishermen who come along will receive a full health check, lasting between 20-30 minutes. This range of simple, confidential tests check circulatory and cardiovascular health, and provide personalised advice that can help prevent stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Also in attendance will be the Health Trainers, who provide simple help and support to improve health both on and off shore. Everyone who takes part in a health check will receive a goody bag funded by the Sea Farers Hospital Society. This will contain a reusable water bottle, picnic box, hand sanitiser, fishermen’s health manual, and information on living a healthy lifestyle.

The scheme last visited the area five years ago, and the team are welcoming previous visitors to check their progress, as well as new faces looking to find out how they can reduce their risk of illness. They’re also keen to talk to younger men, as well as friends and family, who can find out about improving their health at work and home, including dental health and screening programmes.

Superintendent Tim Jenkins, of the Fishermen’s Mission, said: “I know how complicated fishermen’s working hours can be; anything that makes it easier for them to keep track of their health can only be a good thing.”

To book an NHS Fish Well Health Check, contact the Fishermen’s Mission on 01502 565269, or email

Cromer Pier from above

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