SeaFit will hold it’s first health awareness event on the Isle of Skye, Scotland on Saturday 10 September at Kyle of Lochalsh Harbour Seafit is looking for volunteers in Peterhead and Fraserburgh to test the new Stop Smoking App for Fishermen

SeaFit will hold it’s first health awareness event on the Isle of Skye, Scotland on Saturday 10 September at Kyle of Lochalsh Harbour

SeaFit is working with more partners in Scotland to hold it’s first health awareness event on the Isle of Skye on Saturday 10 September at Kyle of Lochalsh Harbour. 

The SeaFit programme is delivered in partnership with the Fishermen’s Mission and the Seafarers Hospital Society taking services to quaysides to improve access to physical and mental health and wellbeing services.  

SeaFit Programme Manager, Carol Elliott says: “the Dentaid charity will be providing free dental checks for fishermen onboard a state-of-the-art mobile dental unit.  We will also have Physiotherapist Lisa Bevan, Macmillan Cancer information, the British Liver Trust and the Fishermen’s Mission port staff on hand to talk with local and migrant fishermen, support can also be given to immediate family members.” 

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Pamela Healy, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust said: “We are delighted to be part of the Health Awareness event and look forward to meeting members of the fishing community in Lochalsh Harbour, providing information about our services and signposting to our local healthcare partners. Liver damage develops silently with no signs or symptoms until it is too late and the number of people being diagnosed with liver disease in the Highlands is worryingly high. However, most cases can be avoided by cutting down on sugar, carbohydrates, fat and alcohol and taking more exercise, so do come along and find out more about how to love your liver back to health.”

Fishing is known to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK and the nature of working at sea makes it difficult to access healthcare support services on a regular basis. Therefore, by bringing events to the harbourside, we hope this will give fishermen a better opportunity to access the support they need, and encourage early prevention, detection, and self-management of health conditions in line with the SeaFit Programme aims.

Carol Jones, the Fishermen’s Mission Port Officer for the Isle of Skye and the Lochalsh area says, “I am really looking forward to meeting many fishermen on the day. If you would like to have a chat beforehand, or to book an appointment for the dental van then feel free to call me, Carol, on 07469 118637 (Wednesdays or Thursdays). Look forward to seeing you!” 

The event will be held on Saturday 10September at Kyle of Lochalsh Harbour as part of the annual Kyle RNLI Maritime day.  

Source: Press Release

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