Local event welcomed over 500 people from the local community

Thursday, April 25, 2024

AECC University College welcomed over 500 people to its free Health and Support Pop Up Event in March.  The event, organised by AECC University College (AECC UC), ran from 18-28 March in Boscombe High Street at the Boscombe Arts Depot, and included free NHS health checks, ultrasound tests, interactive health sessions, and information stands from over 10 partnership organisations.   

It was the first event of its type to offer free multidisciplinary health and support services all under one roof in an easily accessible community setting.   

AECC UC students and staff carried out over 300 NHS health checks, blood pressure checks, ultrasound tests, dietary advice sessions, foot checks and musculoskeletal triage (assessing muscle or joint problems) at the High Street pop-up event, which are usually offered as part of AECC UC’s service at its Parkwood Road clinic setting. 

In addition, over 200 people attended the various free sessions on offer, including a wellbeing session with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Smoking in Pregnancy advice from a midwifery team, diabetes prevention and early management advice, everyday fitness sessions, creative workshops, stress awareness and prevention sessions and lots more. 

Daniel Heritage, Chiropractic Clinic Lead at AECC University College, commented: “The event was a great success.  The goal behind the event was to bring together a multidisciplinary team to provide free health checks, sessions and support to the community in an easily accessible venue in the centre of Boscombe. We certainly achieved that.   

“We welcomed over 500 members of the local community to the event, who accessed free ultrasound checks, NHS checks, foot checks, spoke with the support organisations at their stands and joined in with sessions across the two weeks.   

“I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone involved in the event as well as everyone who came along.  Please keep an eye out on the AECC UC website (https://www.aecc.ac.uk/) for more future innovative events that are free for the public to attend.”