Nepalese community invited for free health check at Colburn NHS event

Colburn Village Hall.

A health mela will take place at Colburn Village Hall this Saturday between 10am and 3pm.

Organised by health care professionals from Harewood Medical Practice, in conjunction with Catterick Garrison and the Health Exchange Nepal, the mela is designed to raise awareness and knowledge across a number of areas of health.

Open to anyone living in the Catterick community, attendees can benefit from:

  • A free health check, including blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar for diabetes and physical measurements
  • Speaking to a specialist about diabetes, foot care, eyes care, heathy eating and keeping active.

The event is being dedicated to former Heartbeart CEO Iain Murray who was instrumental in setting up the project and sadly died at the end of 2021.

In attendance will be guests of honour, Dr Satyan Rajbhandari lead consultant representing Health Exchange Nepal, Dr Jagannath Sharma the Colburn Mayor, Cllr Lorraine Hodgson, Richmondshire District Council chairperson and Gurkha Regiment captains Vijaprakash Subba Limbu and Bhaktabahadur Thapa MVO.

There will be an inaugural ceremony and speeches between 10.30am and 11am and a special panel entitled “ask what you want to know about diabetes” between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, led by Dr Satyan Rajbhandari.

Stephen Brown, CEO Heartbeat, said: “The Harewood Medical Practice have always prided themselves on being a true community Practice and do outstanding work in areas like diabetes working closely with the Nepalese community and Catterick Garrison.

“This event provides a safe and inclusive space for anyone to go to speak to professionals about their health. In the past couple of years due to the pandemic people have put off discussing areas of concerns and this is a way for people to be seen, heard and gain knowledge that can positively affect their health and lives”

The health mela forms part the Catterick Nepalese Community Project funded by Heartbeat which was set up to focus on awareness and treatment of Diabetes alongside other associated risk and health issues such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, poor diet, and cardiovascular disease.