Get yourself an online MOT
Men in Putney and Wandsworth who have a nagging concern about their health but feel too busy to visit their GP, aren’t sure if it’s something they need to be worried about, or are otherwise reluctant to go to the doctor can now get a free, confidential online Man MOT.
Men tend to be more likely to suffer from poor health and are more likely to die prematurely than women. Currently men in Wandsworth are one and a half times more likely than women to die of cancer, three times as likely to commit suicide, and on average die four years earlier than women in the borough.
Man MOT is designed by and for men. It can be accessed at any time from a PC, tablet or smart phone and users can text chat directly to an NHS GP about any health problem twice a week or send an email at any time. You do not need to give your name and nothing discussed will be shared with anyone without your agreement.
Local Wandsworth resident, 35-year-old Moses Kit, was diagnosed last year with cancer. He ignored his symptoms for months and his advice is: “Don’t be stupid, listen to your body! The Man MOT is a great way to get some advice and take the first steps in getting any help you may need.”
The council’s health spokesman, Cllr Jim Maddan, said:
“We know that men have consistently poorer health outcomes than women – often because they ignore symptoms and are reluctant to visit their doctor. We want to tackle all health inequalities in the borough, so will be going out into the community to speak to men, and offering them the opportunity to get advice online. I would urge any men worried about their health but reluctant to visit their doctor to chat to a GP online via our new service.”
To find out more and start a chat go to www.wandsworthman.net.
June 5, 2015