Consultants and surgeons from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust came out to support Tour de Yorkshire cyclists as they whizzed past The James Cook University Hospital site on Marton Road.
The Vascular and Endovascular surgery department joined forces with the trust’s Specialist Weight Management Service, The Circulation Foundation and colleagues from South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to serve up tasty and heart healthy Mediterranean treats to the crowds who came out to cheer on the cyclists.
Also braving the unusually cold Mayday was Joanna Feeney, stop smoking service lead from Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Stop Smoking Service, with help and advice on how to quit the habit and get fitter.
Barnabas Green, consultant vascular surgeon said: “It was a great day despite the weather and good to witness the spectacle of all the cyclists and their crews whizzing up Marton Road.
“We were out encouraging people to have their BMI – or height and weight – checked and offering advice on our cardiovascular services, raising awareness of vascular disease, a common, but little known sign of which can be pain in the legs when exercising.
“We were also proud to introduce colleagues to our own staff fitness programme Blood, Sweat and Tees, which we hope will encourage South Tees employees who might have been inspired by Tour de Yorkshire to get into cycling – as well as running and swimming.”
Irene Redolat, a GP of Martonside Surgery, who hails from Barcelona, kindly provided the Mediterranean food inspired by her native Spain.