‘White coat syndrome’“I was delighted to welcome the Farm Families health check van to Loughmacrory on Wednesday where nurses spent the day carrying out essential health checks on local people," McAleer said. “This service is funded by DAERA and the Public Health Agency and the visit to Loughmacrory was organised by the Men's shed and St. Teresas GAA club in partnership with Omagh Forum for Rural Associations.
In isolated rural areas there are many reasons why people do not or cannot access health services. This could be due to many reasons such as no access to transport or a belief that you should only attend the doctor if you are sick. Unfortunately, at that stage it may be too late, so regular checks and ‘MOTs’ are crucially important to prevent serious illnesses.“The positioning of the van in the local community makes it more accessible, but importantly it also helps make people feel more relaxed in familiar surroundings. This is particularly the case for those who are anxious of medical settings and who may experience ‘white coat syndrome’. “In line with Covid public protection measures, the van could not be used during the lockdown, but with the restrictions easing it is great to see this vital service back on the road again."