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MFRS reaches 2,000 'Safe and Well' health visit milestone

MFRS reaches 2,000 'Safe and Well' health visit milestone

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is incredibly proud to announce it has just completed its 2000th ‘Safe and Well’ visit, helping people across our communities live healthier and safer lives.

Firefighters have regularly visited the homes of vulnerable people over 65 to give advice on fire safety for a number of years. But, since February this year, MFRS has partnered with the NHS to provide health advice to try and reduce the number of emergency visits to hospital.

Crews, and specially trained fire advocates, issue advice on how to avoid a trip or fall in the home, who to contact if people want to stop smoking or drinking and, crucially, advice on bowel cancer screening.

As a result, Safe and Well visits carried out by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service generate around 120 referrals for bowel cancer screening each month.

Phil Byrne, Station Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Fire and rescue services have a unique ability to access homes of vulnerable people and we are pleased to be including such a worthwhile project as part of our home safety engagement work.

“The feedback from staff conducting Safe and Well visits, and the positive results, show the benefits of face-to-face communication.

“Our staff have had the opportunity to explain to clients in their home the benefits of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and ensure the correct and appropriate screening kits are sent out directly from the Bowel Cancer Screening Hub in Rugby.

“This partnership work will no doubt improve uptake in the screening programme and emphasise the value that the fire and rescue Services bring to the safety and wellbeing of our communities.”

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