Community pop-up health bus returns in new year

The ‘Come and have a chat about your health’ bus will be visiting Barnes this Friday 20 January to offer flu and COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible, answer any health-related questions and offer free COVID-19 testing kits.

The bus will be parked at the Castelnau Community Center at 7 Stillingfleet Road (SW13 9AQ) in Barnes from 9am to 1pm.

NHS staff will be on hand to administer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as booster vaccines and flu jabs, for those eligible. Health experts on our bus will also be distributing a free box of COVID-19 testing kits to those who attend if they would like one, while supplies last.

A local pharmacist will be available to offer advice on a range of different areas including:

  • Tips to stay healthy and active
  • Accessing free NHS health checks for 40 to 74 year olds
  • Help stop smoking
  • Preventing and reducing your risk for several diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease
  • Immunizations for you and your family
  • Information about the COVID-19 and flu vaccines

If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccines, you can come along and have a chat, with no pressure to get them.

Other simple ways to look after your health

When our health bus is out and about, do come and have a chat with one of our community champions or a health professional. You can also access lots of tips and advice from the council and our partners in the NHS and other organizations for yourself or someone you may care for.

COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine

If you get ill with flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to get seriously ill. Get both vaccines to protect you and those around you. If you’re eligible for the COVID-19 booster or free flu jab, come along to one of our health buses or look out for details of our next vaccine pop-up on our website.

Cost-of-living support

Support is available in the borough for health and care costs and mental health. Visit our Cost of Living Hub for more information.

Dementia

Want to know how to reduce your dementia risk? Are you living with dementia or caring for someone who is? There is lots of support available in the borough.

Diabetes

Around three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle. Find out more about diabetes prevention.

Quit smoking

We offer a free stop smoking help and advice service.

NHS Health Checks

Even if you feel fine, being aged over 40 raises your risk of conditions like heart disease, stroke and dementia. Find out if you’re eligible for a quick and free NHS Health Check.

Exercise and physical activity

Exercise and physical activity can help you to manage and prevent many conditions and diseases. Get started with Richmond Moves.

Healthy eating and weight loss

The NHS provides eight practical tips to help you make healthier food and wellbeing choices.

Childhood immunizations

Immunizations are one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health – including the MMR and polio vaccines. Search ‘NHS vaccinations and when to have them’.

Cervical screening

Cervical screening saves lives. Don’t ignore your invite – book an appointment with your GP practice or local sexual health clinic. Find out more about cervical screening.

Bowl cancer

Let’s be clear. If for the last three weeks you’ve had blood in your poo or it’s been looser, tell your doctor. Understand the symptoms of bowel cancer.