A WARNING has gone out to health conscious residents.
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service and NHS Warwickshire are asking people in Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire to be on their guard if they are offered health screening services on the doorstep.
Complaints have been received about the activities of traders who are visiting homes.
They are using electronic devices which they claim can determine cardiovascular (heart) health, blood pressure and the ‘biological age’ of the subject.
Health professionals at the Arden Cluster, the NHS body that covers the Warwickshire area, are concerned that people may be given inappropriate advice by doorstep traders who are notmedically qualified to do so.
Trading Standards officers believe that some people may feel pressured in to buying unnecessary health monitoring equipment or dietary supplements.
Anyone who has specific concerns about their heart is being urged to discuss the matter with their doctor.
People who are worried about looking after their health are advised to stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight, keep physically active and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Dr Francis Campbell, medical director at the Arden Cluster, said: “Door to door traders are not the most suitable people to turn to if you have health concerns.”
“No trained, professionally qualified medical person will cold call at your home.”
“If you are concerned about your health, you require appropriate medical advice and should speak to your GP, pharmacist, or call NHS Direct or Warwickshire Healthline.”
For more information about general health matters visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
Alternatively there is also the Warwickshire Healthline which can be contacted on 03000 247 111.
The Citizens Advice consumer service provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues.
Visit www.adviceguide.org.uk or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.