Free health checks for local people

Tameside’s Community NHS Health Checks Programme is back later this month to ensure people, aged 40 to 74 years can ensure their health is in ‘tip top’ condition.

This programme is run by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council’s public health team, the local health improvement team from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside Sports Trust. 

The Greater Manchester Health Bus will be touring the borough enabling people to have their weight, height, blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked for free by the health improvement team.  If required, participants will be asked if they are happy for their results to be shared with their GP, so that any necessary medical support can be provided.

The team will also be offering free lifestyle, health and wellbeing support to reduce the risks of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and diabetes.  People will have the opportunity to find out more about the free expert services on offer, which include health trainers, wight management and stopping smoking. 

Tameside Sport’s Trust will be offering free passes to people who will benefit from undertaking regular exercise.  They will be able to claim a three month pass that will offer access to six swimming pools and gyms and more than 200 workout classes that are offered every week across the borough.

People will also have the opportunity to purchase a pass, which are priced just £5 for people who are unemployed, equating to just 1p per day; and £30 for people who are employed – 33p per day.

The programme will re-launch on Friday 21 February when the health bus will roll into Ashton Market Grounds, from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Following this, the bus will visit the following places:

  • Friday 28 February:  Crown Point North, Denton
  • Friday 7 March:  Tesco Store, Hattersley
  • Friday 14 March:  Asda Store, Hyde
  • Friday 21 March:  Tesco Store, Droylsden
  • Friday 28 March:  Snipe Retail Park, Ashton-under-Lyne (B&Q)

During March, sessions will be available at Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield SK16 4DB, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm, on the following dates:

  • Monday 3 March
  • Monday 10 March
  • Monday 17 March
  • Monday 24 March
  • Monday 31 March

Additional sessions will be on offer during February, March and April and the dates and venues ofthese will be posted on Tameside MBC website at, Pennine Care website at and the Tameside Sports Trust website at

Angela Hardman, Director of Public Health in Tameside, said: “The success of the campaign two years ago has led us to launch a second campaign giving Tameside people the chance to have a free Health Check and find out about the fantastic local support we have for people to improve their health in small, achievable steps.’’

Val Little, Directorate Lead for Health Improvement for Pennine Care, said “Our health improvement team in Tameside has a lot of experience in running health check sessions within communities and workplaces.

“The team is working in partnership with the Sports Trust to provide a really comprehensive package of support for anyone who wants to make some positive lifestyle changes.”

Mark Tweedie, Chief Executive at Tameside Sports Trust, added: “This is an excellent campaign. We know, from the results of the 2012 programme that it will boost the health and lifestyle of people in Tameside.

“Last time round, 91 per cent of those taking part reported that they felt healthier as a result of using the leisure passes and taking regular exercise, 85 per cent said that they felt like they had more energy and 32 per cent said they had lost weight.

“We’ve also introduced ActivePlus passes this time round, starting from just £5, to give those who are unemployed an affordable opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing.”

For further details about the sessions people can contact:

  • Linda Dunn, Senior Health Improvement Practitioner for Pennine Care: 0161 366 2017
  • Kate Benson, Tameside MBC public health team: 0161 342 3213        
  • Lyndsey Whiteside, Tameside Sports Trust: 0161 366 4818