Our Future Health, the UK’s largest health research programme, is seeking adult volunteers of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. A newly opened clinic at ASDA Frome is one of 24 new locations this month, taking the total to 153. Our Future Health is a charity working in partnership with the NHS, other charities including British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and the Stroke Association, and industry. It aims to help people live healthier lives for longer, through the prevention, detection and treatment of conditions such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The goal is to create one of the most detailed pictures ever of people’s health, by gathering and studying the health data of five million volunteers.
At their clinic appointment, as well as having a blood sample and some physical measurements taken, volunteers will be offered information about their own health, including their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In the future, volunteers will also be given the option to receive feedback about their risk of some diseases and have the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research studies.
Dr Raghib Ali, Chief Medical Officer of Our Future Health, said:
“With each new clinic opening, we want to give even more people the opportunity to take part in Our Future Health, particularly people who have never done anything like this before. These are the people who will benefit the most from our programme, because their participation will enable us to make new discoveries about disease within their communities. By encouraging people from every background to take part, we can make discoveries that benefit everyone.”
The only requirements for Our Future Health volunteers are to be aged 18 or over and resident in the UK. To participate, complete an online registration at ourfuturehealth.org.uk and book a clinic appointment. The nearest clinic for Frome residents is based in the car park at ASDA Frome, Warminster Rd, Frome BA11 5LA.