Healthcare comes to a town centre near you

Merton Council has joined forces with Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust and national health charities to help improve residents’ well-being and increase their understanding of health issues.

The first Look After Yourself (LAY) days will be on Tuesday 9 September outside Morden’s Civic Centre and on Wednesday 10 September at the Colliers Wood SavaCentre. Action for Blind People is backing both days and its Mobile Sight Loss Information Service will be on hand from 10am until 4pm offering specialist advice on the latest aids and equipment for blind and partially sighted people.

Local charity Merton Vision will also be on board Action for Blind People’s Mobile Unit raising awareness of its services and talking to anyone needing help or advice. Future LAY days will cover giving up smoking, looking after your heart, obesity, looking after your teeth, donating blood, mobility scooters and breast cancer as well as other health concerns.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor David Williams said: “By holding these LAY days in town centres we hope as many people as possible will be able to come along and find out more about how to look after themselves and new ways of helping others with health problems.

“We are committed to putting the health needs of our residents first and this means making healthcare and advice easily available to them as they go about their daily business.”

Karina Mullet, of Action for Blind People said: “We are delighted to be working with Merton Council, showing people how to guide and supporting people who are blind or partially sighted, as well as providing information on the symptoms of the most common eye diseases and conditions.”

Fran Hibbert from Merton Vision said: “We are very pleased to be working with our local council to put people in touch with their local services and make sure all Merton residents get the help they need.”