Safe and Well

3rd May 2018

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service gave health advice to more than 13,000 Cheshire East residents in the first 11 months of a new service called Safe and Well.

Commissioned by NHS organisations and Cheshire East Council, the service sees firefighters using fire safety visits to provide information on falls prevention, bowel cancer screening, stopping smoking and alcohol reduction.

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Of residents seen in the 11 months to 10 January, 7.6 per cent were referred for support or treatment. Referral figures are as follows:

  • Falls prevention – 180
  • Bowel cancer screening – 804
  • Stop-smoking service – 24
  • Alcohol reduction – 5.

A fire service spokesperson said: “We already had a proud record of delivering successful fire safety, road safety and youth engagement initiatives. This excellent record has now been extended to provide help to our health partners for some key local health priorities.”

Safe and Well is helping achieve the Caring Together ambitions of empowering people to take responsibility for their health and of staff working proactively to help people manage long-term conditions.

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