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College students run pop-up health clinic

College students run pop-up health clinic

Over 100 people took advantage of a pop-up health clinic run by HNC Care and Administrative Practice students at Ayrshire College’s Ayr Campus.

The clinic offered checks in blood pressure, height/weight and BMI, pulse oximetry and temperature, and blood glucose levels, and also provided general health advice on subjects like how to eat healthily and how to stop smoking.

The tests were carried out by students on the clinical route of the course, while students on the administrative route spoke to the drop-in visitors about their health.

This is the first time the students have organised a health clinic, and it went down so well with college staff and students that visitors were already asking when the next one would be held.

Michael Steel, Health and Social Care lecturer, said “This is a great opportunity for the group to practice their skills with real people. They do practice amongst themselves in class but it’s a bit artificial. Customer service skills were involved today - there was the potential for someone to deliver difficult information to a visitor. The students were thoroughly professional throughout the entire session and were pleased with how it went.”

Thankfully no one required further medical assessment outwith Ayrshire College based on their physiological measurements.  

One lecturer who decided to drop in was Fraser Morton from Kilmarnock, who lectures Wind Turbine Technicians at the Ayr Campus.

Fraser said “Taking care of your health is important. I want to start getting fit again after being away from the gym and any sports for a while. I’ve just started getting back into exercising, so when I heard the College students had organised a pop-up health clinic I thought I would check where I am now.

“I got my pulse, blood pressure and BMI results. Six months down the line I’ll see how these results compare with my next set. My BMI results show me to be at the upper end of the yellow (overweight) region, so I’ll look to get that in the green (healthy) area.”

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