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Gorleston church holds free health screening at Market Gates

PUBLISHED: 06:00 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:08 03 May 2018

The health team tested for blood pressure and blood sugar at Market Gates. Picture: Michael Walker

The health team tested for blood pressure and blood sugar at Market Gates. Picture: Michael Walker

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A Gorleston church has held a free health screening at Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth.

The health team tested for blood pressure and blood sugar at Market Gates. Picture: Michael WalkerThe health team tested for blood pressure and blood sugar at Market Gates. Picture: Michael Walker

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Burnt Lane have been operating the service at least twice a year since 2010.

The programme is carried out by qualified medical professionals, assisted by health promoters, all of whom volunteer their time.

Many people braved the rain to visit the team on Sunday, who administered 80 blood pressure checks, 79 blood sugar tests, 81 body mass index (BMI) tests and 19 carbon monoxide tests.

Blood pressure tests help to monitor heart conditions and blood sugar tests are useful means of assessing diabetes.

Carbon monoxide tests can be used to assess the impact of smoking while the BMI is used to evaluate a person’s weight.

The team offered advice where necessary and nine GP referrals were made.

Many members of the public expressed their gratitude throughout the six-hour voluntary session

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