Somerset County Councillor for Glastonbury Alan Gloak , has co-funded a Blood Pressure Machine and a Scales & Stadiometer Machine (which measures weight and height) for Glastonbury Health Centre.
These are positioned in the surgery waiting room, and are available for patients to use at any time, without the need of an appointment.
Alan used £4,000 from the County Council’s Health and Wellbeing allowance, and as Chairman of TS5C, gave a further donation from the charity’s Health Living Fund towards these two important machines. He explained: “One of TS5C’s key objectives is to promote healthier lifestyles through community-led initiatives and this project ticks all the boxes.”
The machines are being put to good use by the surgery’s patients. Dr. Meguer from Glastonbury Health Centre said: “they are proving invaluable. It has been a great way to encourage people to participate in monitoring their blood pressure and weight, and to take an active interest in their own wellbeing. As a result, we have picked up on a number of high blood pressure cases earlier than if it had been dependent on an appointment with their GP.
“We are really appreciative of the money that the County Council Health and Wellbeing fund and TS5C has contributed - it is unlikely that we would have been able to purchase them for the surgery quite so soon without the charity’s assistance.”
Alan visited the surgery to try out the machines with 15 year old Glastonbury fencer, Josh Stevens, one of the young athletes that TS5C supports. Josh, who has recently been selected to join the British Fencing World Class Talent Programme, commented: “Keeping fit is really important to me. I think these machines are a great idea, getting people interested in their own health, whatever their age, and highlighting any problems before they become a real issue.” Alan continued: “Having Type 2 diabetes, I am very conscious of the importance of watching my blood pressure and weight. I was delighted we could help with this project.”