Funded by the Seafarers Hospital Society, supported by the Fishermen’s Mission and delivered by Smile Together
As part of National Smile Month we teamed up to offer fishermen and their dependent family members:
• A free check-up
• Immediate dental treatment
• Oral cancer screening
• Subsidised further treatment with Brighter Dental as recommended by our dentist on the day
#SmilesAtSea saw volunteers from Smile Together embark upon a two week tour in a fully equipped mobile dental unit, starting in Newlyn (18 & 19 June) and then harbourside in Hayle (20 June), Newquay (21 June), Padstow (22 June), Mevagissey (25 & 26 June) and Looe (27 June) before finishing in Brixham (28 & 29 June)
Seafarers Hospital Society funded the service on the harbourside, which meant that it was absolutely free for fishermen and their families, and any follow up treatment that was required was paid for by the charity too – all the patients needed to do was pay a standard NHS contribution
Where we went:
Our impact at a glance:
We were very happy to publish our Impact Special Edition showcasing this #SmilesAtSea success.
In some harbourside locations there were also free NHS Health Checks available from Healthy Cornwall which examined several elements – height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol, used to calculate the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Men actively working in the fishing industry, aged between 40-74 years, could just turn up and have a check for free. These conditions can often be prevented, even if there is a family history. In some cases people were advised to visit their GP, if their results indicated more serious problems – this happens in around 11 per cent of Health Checks, and is a measure of the success of the programme in reaching more people who traditionally don’t take their health problems to their doctors. More info here: www.cornwall.gov.uk/hea
In some locations we were voluntarily joined by representatives from MacMillan Cancer, talking to fishermen about prostate cancer and the importance of regular health checks.