A NEW cafe clinic supporting older people with long-term health conditions has opened in Whitwell.
Organisations including Age UK, Isle of Wight Society for the Blind and Action on Hearing Loss are involved in the pilot project, with pharmacists, community matrons and health care assistants, to provide a monthly one-stop shop offering advice and support.
Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group commissioning manager for long-term conditions, Alison Geddes, said: "People with long-term conditions often need regular checks with a range of different healthcare professionals but these can be difficult to access if the person has mobility problems or if they live in a more isolated part of the Island.
"We’ve been piloting the clinics to bring health services out to people in their areas and to deliver them in a more co-ordinated way to enable people to look after themselves more confidently.
"People can come in and have their blood pressure checked, or have their blood tests taken, seek advice about financial pressures, diet, sight and hearing difficulties, talk through problems with their medication, learn how to use inhalers or other equipment or simply pop in for a friendly chat and a cup of tea."
The first Whitwell Cafe Clinic was held at the village hall today (Thursday).