Penarth pub goers to be offered free health checks with their pint
12:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Penarth news
PUB goers across Penarth and South Wales will be able to get more than just a pint when they visit their local Wetherspoon from October with free health checks available at the bar too.
As part of a landmark campaign being launched by the UK pub chain with Welsh pharmacy group Mayberry Pharmacy, Wetherspoon customers will be able to get a free health consultation with a pharmacist, including a blood pressure test, at their local pub.
High blood pressure is one of the biggest killers in Wales with 30 per cent of the population affected by the condition. This can lead to stroke, heart and kidney problems.
As part of the campaign, which aims to carry out hundreds of free health checks with customers, Wetherspoon will display a series of beer mats produced by Mayberry Pharmacy, which feature quirky facts about organs that can be affected by high blood pressure. On the reverse of the beer mats is information about how people can get their health and blood pressure checked at their local Wetherspoon.
Mayberry Pharmacy’s team of pharmacists will be at the pub chain’s bars in Blackwood, Caerphilly, Newport, Penarth and Pontypool on selected days from October to December offering the free health checks. As well as blood pressure tests, customers will be given advice on weight loss, giving-up smoking and healthy living.
Paul Mayberry, Managing Director of Mayberry Pharmacy, said: "As a pharmacy chain we feel it’s important that we provide more ways for people to take advantage of the health services we provide. This is why we have partnered with Wetherspoon. Lots of people enjoy going to their local pub for a meal or a drink so by providing free health checks and blood pressure tests at these venues we are making it easier and more convenient for people to check and improve their health."
Richard Bond, Area Manager for Wetherspoon, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Mayberry Pharmacy with such a landmark campaign. As a company, the health and wellbeing of our customers is very important to us and this campaign provides us with the opportunity of giving them the chance to learn about their health."
Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party, was one of the first people to benefit from the pub-based health checks.
He said: "This is a hugely innovative and ground-breaking campaign that holds the potential to save many lives across South Wales. People lead busy lives and it can often by difficult for them to find the time to access the health advice services available. This campaign provides people with the means of finding out more about their health in a way that fits around their lives. It is setting a precedent that can shape many other health campaigns."