Minister Praises City Pioneer Health Work

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Byline: By ANNETTE KINSELLA annette.kinsella@mrn.co.uk

A PROJECT which allowed pensioners to get a flu jab when they went to play bingo has brought praise for Coventry health bosses.

On a visit to the city yesterday, health minister Rosie Winterton, said the new health-link worker project set up in November by the primary care trust, should be treated as a model of good practice for other cities.

The project centred on ensuring people in deprived areas were able to access health services.

Residents were encouraged to act as advisors to neighbours on where to get medical treatment and advice.

Projects so far have included flu jabs at bingo halls and handing out leaflets at mosques and temples.

Health-link workers, who are given two weeks training, come from all backgrounds, which means that ethnic minority groups that traditionally do not seek help for medical complaints can get advice quickly and easily.

Ms Winterton, who visited the Early Years Centre in Hillfields, where many of the workers are based, said the scheme would be held up as an example, adding: "A great example of what we are proposing in the rest of the country is being pioneered here. …