The Coatham Project

Coatham project launched 20 June 2014

Residents can drop in and have a free healthy heart check on the healthy heart check trailer which will be parked at King Edward VII Memorial Clock every Friday, 10am to 4pm.

A ‘Healthy Heart Check’ takes about 20 minutes and could save your life!

Residents living in Coatham and other less affluent areas can expect to live shorter lives than those living in the most affluent areas of Redcar and Cleveland.

Females living in the least affluent areas will live on average 13.1 years and males 8.4 years less, than their counterparts living in the most affluent area. Residents living in the most affluent areas can also expect to live not only longer lives but healthier lives too.

Since December 2008 all general practices across Redcar and Cleveland have been offering healthy heart checks to eligible residents to identify those at high risk of cardiovascular disease and those who may be unaware they have undiagnosed high blood pressure, diabetes and/or kidney disease.

There is substantial evidence that if we can identify those at high risk early enough, support lifestyle changes and improve access to treatment, we can have a dramatic effect on the health of the local population. Attending general practice for a check will help to reduce this gap in life expectancy by ensuring those who are at high risk or with existing disease, receive prompt treatment.

Unfortunately, not all residents living in Coatham ward have taken up the offer of a check at their local surgery. Tees Valley Public Health Shared Service in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is therefore, offering Coatham residents the opportunity to have a check in an alternative setting to their GP practice, in the hope this will encourage those who are eligible to have a check.

We welcome your support in encouraging Coatham residents who are eligible for a healthy heart check to attend the trailer or library and Tees-wide residents to attend their GP practice for a check.

On 20 June the Coatham Project will be launched. From this date, residents will be able to come and have a free healthy heart check on the healthy heart check trailer, which will be parked at King Edward VII Memorial Clock every Friday from 20 June 10am – 4pm. They will be held on a drop-in basis.

Residents will also be able to contact the following local libraries and arrange an appointment:

  • Redcar Library (01642) 444141
  • Roseberry (01642) 483326
  • Dormanstown (01642) 483626.

If the project is successful it will be rolled out to other areas within Redcar and Cleveland and across Tees.

Who is eligible for a healthy heart check?

A free NHS Healthy Heart Check will be available to anyone who can say “YES” to each of the following;

  • I am aged 40 – 74;
  • I have not had a heart attack or stroke and I do not have diabetes or kidney disease;
  • I am not taking medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol;
  • And I have not had a healthy heart check in the last 5 years.

Heart attacks and strokes in Redcar and Cleveland 

  • Cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately a third of all deaths across Teesside.
  • In Redcar and Cleveland during 2007 there were 490 deaths from diseases of the circulatory system (34.5% of all deaths) in those under the age of 75.
  • This includes 219 deaths that were the result of heart disease and 148 deaths resulting from stroke.

Heart Attacks in the UK

  • There are around 103,000 heart attacks in the UK each year
  • Around 50,000 men and 32,000 women in England suffer a heart attack each year
  • Every seven minutes someone dies of a heart attack in the UK
  • One in three people who have a heart attack die before reaching hospital

Strokes in the UK

  • Stroke causes more than 41,000 deaths in the UK each year
  • There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK each year
  • Around 57,000 men and 68,000 women in England suffer a stroke every year