Nomadic nursing is a catchy-sounding idea from a general practice trust in the north of England.
The nomadic nurses from Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust are part of a new health of men team who are going out and about delivering health checks to men in a variety of locations - shops, cafes, pubs, job centres and workplaces. As well as recording blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the team will test for lung function and carbon monoxide levels. Chlamydia screening will also be offered as will advice on a whole range of health topics including exercise, diet, sexual health, alcohol and drug use and prostate cancer.
Andrew Harrison, who is a men's health nurse at the PCT, said: ‘Men are proven to be less likely to go to their doctor than women but because these checks are done outside of normal healthcare settings, they are even quicker and easier to access - a great way of making sure men are in good health, or highlighting areas where things could be improved - such as through weight loss or stopping smoking.’