Pharmacists are often encouraged to get out of their pharmacies and into the wider communities – and that is exactly what is happening in Lincolnshire.
Using an inflatable pod, Lincolnshire Co-op is inviting visitors to step inside for free checks such as blood pressure and diabetes, learn about living well with a touch screen health centre or use the body mass analyser for a fully personalised readout. Visitors can also sip on nutritious smoothies and try their hand at a fun game that tests reaction times.
The pop-up health pod is all part of our commitment to the local community, says Sam Turner, Lincolnshire Co-op’s community engagement manager. “We think people will appreciate the opportunity to pop in and get a free health check wherever our health pod pops up – whether that’s a shopping precinct, a town centre or their local park.”
The scheme aims to build on Lincolnshire Co-op’s commitment to making pharmacies a destination for health, with work ongoing to make all 49 of the society’s outlets healthy living pharmacies.
“The health pod will be staffed by our pharmacists, who are trained to answer all sorts of questions, and it is designed to encourage customers to make the most of their local pharmacy,” says Lincolnshire Co-op’s head of pharmacy, Alastair Farquhar.
“We offer so many health checks and services in pharmacies that people aren’t aware of, and we think this is a great way to get the message out there.” One of the first people to visit the health pod when it made its first stop in Birchwood, near Lincoln, was Janet Stock. “I’ve been losing some weight this year and I’m keen to keep it going, so I popped in for some advice,” she said.
“The health pod has definitely encouraged me to make the most of my pharmacy – I’m going to get my cholesterol checked because I haven’t had it done in ages!”
We think this is a great way to get the message out there