Strangford to get health check-up

Strangford to get health check-up

10 January 2018

RESIDENTS in Strangford and the surrounding area are being offered the opportunity of having a health check-up.

The Downpatrick District Electoral Area Forum has joined forces with the Co Down Rural Community Network to have Action Cancer’s ‘Big Bus’ and the Farm Families bus visit the area on Saturday, January 20, at 10am.

The buses will be located at the car park adjacent to the ferry terminal in the village with local people invited to come along for a quick check-up.

Newry, Mourne and Down Council chairwoman, Roisin Mulgrew, said although a good diet and exercise regime is recommended, most people will forget about the basic requirements of checking their own health. 

“People can be unaware that they are heading towards diabetes, suffering from cholesterol or high blood pressure,” she said.

“The Strangford event is an opportunity to have all of these checked.

“It is an excellent, free initiative for the people of Strangford and surrounding areas and I would encourage everyone to book their appointments as soon as possible as there will be limited places on offer.”

The council chairwoman said with people leading busy lives, it is easy to forget to have their basic health checked, explaining the health professionals in Strangford will be able to provide advice, guidance and support to help people lead longer and healthier lives.

“Men, particularly those from the farming community, can find it difficult and time consuming to go to the doctor, therefore we would encourage them to come along to the Farm Families Bus for a free health assessment,” she said.

The quick health check will offer a good indicator of people’s health and will involve diabetic risk score, blood pressure and cholesterol checks. To book an appointment contact Katrina Hynds on 07803 832 512 or Daniella McCarry/Jenny Laverty on (028) 4461 2311. 

Staff manning the Action Cancer bus will be providing breast screening and MOT health checks which can be arranged by calling (028) 9080 3344. Appointments can be made on line at

In addition to the health checks, the PSNI is urging members of the farming community to bring their trailers along to Strangford and get them security marked in a bid to deter thieves.

Police say the free service provides additional security for their equipment and prior booking is not required. 

Trailers can also be marked while their owners are having their health check-up.