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The Big Health Day 2016

01 July 2016

Health Care

Southend University Hospital is hosting a uniform ‘fashion show’ at a special free event for adults with learning disabilities aimed to help boost their health and wellbeing.

The Big Health Day 2016 takes place on Thursday 7 July from 10am until 3pm at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Garon Park in Southend.

Organised by Project 49 day service in conjunction with South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, the event will also include health related stalls, exercise taster sessions and a stage area with live music.

The 'fashion show' highlights the different health professionals those attending hospital might meet, with uniforms modelled by Project 49 service users.

Sarah Haines, Specialist Nurse for Learning Disabilities at Southend University Hospital, said: "There are a huge range of different uniforms at the hospital. It can get very confusing and we don't want people with learning disabilities or autism to be scared about coming to hospital.

"It was decided that a good way of learning about the different types of uniforms was to host a fashion show - it's visual, engaging and fun."

The Big Health Day aims to bring together professionals, local services and the community to give easily accessible information, health and wellbeing advice and opportunities for people with learning disabilities, their family and carers.