The Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV), a Rotary project that comprises a purpose-built health caravan with two consulting rooms, was located at Singleton Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday this week to provide free health checks for the men of the area.
The van has a full time Registered Nurse who, along with the assistance of the owner of Singleton Discount Chemist, Will Gresham, conducted free health tests on those who requested these checks. The Rotary Club of Singleton coordinated the visit of the MHERV health van to town.
The health tests are offered by Rotary free of charge and comprised of:
· Blood pressure (a cuff around the upper arm)
· Blood sugar levels (pin-prick blood sample - momentary test analysis)
· Cholesterol (pin-prick blood sample - a couple of minutes test analysis)
It is worth noting that MHERV has many times identified a life-threatening condition, and saved someone from an early death. On the last tour of this MHERV van 2,113 people were tested, with 69 of those tested sent to get immediate treatment for a dangerous condition that they were unaware of.
Around 40 men and women were tested over the two days, with a number of these being referred to their doctor for further follow-up.
The visit to Singleton by the health van was sponsored by the Glencore Coal sites of Mt. Owen Glendell, Ravensworth, Liddell and Integra. The health goals of the MHERV van are closely aligned to the Glencore goal of positively impacting the communities in which they operate, in this instance in the area of men’s health.