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West Midlands Law Firm Takes A Healthy Approach With Screening From The Healthy Hearts Institute

Nov 16, 2007
Employment Law Solicitors, Martin Kaye are the first company in Telford to use the Healthy Hearts Campaign's new mobile health screening facility in a bid to assist employees in monitoring their health. Diabetes and cardio-vascular risks can now be identified with a 30 minute pop-in pop-out check at work.

A West Midlands law firm is the first company in Telford to take part in a health screening campaign for its staff.

The screening will include cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar analysis, as well as a general physical examination, a lung function test, and heart checks.

"The Healthy Hearts Institute is based at Sandwell Medical Research Unit at West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, and has already been piloted across the West Midlands.

Healthy Hearts Campaign Co-ordinator, Geraldine Thomas, said: "Our mobile screening facility travels between industrial estates, business parks, and office blocks, and is run by a team of health professionals.

"Hundreds of staff have benefited from the state-of-the-art check-ups, and now the screening programme is being extended to Shropshire.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors, who are based in Telford, have signed up to the Healthy Hearts Campaign, in a bid to help employees find out more about the state of their health.

The mobile screening unit will visit the company's offices on November 15, and every employee who attends the session will receive a 30-minute consultation to assess their condition, with the results explained in private afterwards.

Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said: "We are extremely pleased that our staff are backing the Healthy Hearts initiative, and that they're keen to take up this opportunity - in fact over 70 per cent of our employees have signed up to take part.

"At the heart of every company is its workforce and we want to help our employees to identify any potential risks so they can seek the right kind of treatment, which should help prevent problems in the future."

Healthy Hearts, Geraldine Thomas, said: "We are delighted to see such a high level of interest from a wide range of companies, who are all taking the view that health screening in the workplace benefits not only the employee, but the company too."

Healthy Hearts is a charitable social enterprise initiative which encourages access to health screening, particularly with regard to cardio-vascular health risks and diabetes. Although operating for some three years, Healthy Heart was established as a charitable institute in 2006 to improve access to health in local communities, and forms part of the Sandwell Primary Prevention Alliance.

Martin Kaye Solicitors in Telford, Shropshire West Midlands are a forward thinking law firm that continually strive to push the bench mark forward by setting a good example of employment standards in the modern day work place. They are one of the West Midlands fastest growing legal practices operating from state of the art premises. The firm is structured around a number of specialist commercial and private client departments. More information can be found at http://www.martinkaye.co.uk/.
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John Mehtam is a specialist Employment Lawyer. John runs numerous presentations on this specialist subject and offers Employment Law Training from the HELP - "HR and Employment Law in Practice" scheme.
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