The National Forum for Health Wellbeing proudly announces return of its flagship event ‘Preston Health Mela’. This event, organised in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the School of Medicine and Dentistry, will be held on Saturday 13 April 2024 at UCLan’s Foster building, Preston.

The event as usual will begin with ‘Breakfast meeting’  with invited audience. The meeting will be addressed by the Chief Guests Mr Christopher Gormley, Chief Sustainability officer, NHS England and Prof Kevin Fenton CBE, President Faculty of Public Health, UK. This year’s theme is ‘Sustainability and Healthy Communities’. This will be followed by the open discussion between the chief guests and the attendees.

After the ‘breakfast meeting the Health Mela will be inaugurated by the chief guests at 11.00 am.

Speaking about the event, Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, chair of the NFHW and Honorary professor at UCLan said “We can’t wait to welcome our local community to this brilliant annual event. The visitors can access a range of health services for free and enjoy a family day out at the same time.

The event is gathering of numerous health related stalls from several NHS organisations, health trusts, councils and voluntary as well as charitable organisations such as Macmillans, Stroke Association, Memory Assessment Service, Haemochromatosis Support Group, to name a few. Attendees can get information from these stalls members in a non-threatening environment and feel empowered to take control of their own health and that of their family members.

There will be the usual attractions such as smoothy bike, teddy bear clinic, dental health and taster sessions of Reiki.

No Health Mela is complete without popular ‘Health MOT’ where you can have your body vitals measured, blood tested for glucose and cholesterol and have tailored health advice – all in a single session and completely free. These health MOTs would be carried out by medical/nursing/other health related course students under the guidance of their seniors. The blood tests will be done by the volunteers from Blood Drop team.

Besides the University of Central Lancashire, Health Mela has been supported by a number of our partner organisations such as University of Bolton, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gujrat Hindu Society, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, North West Ambulance Service, and so on.

The event is open from 11 am till 3 pm.

The event is free to attend, no prior registration is necessary and the there is plenty of parking available on the UCLan’s car parks.