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Healthcheck: Men's health

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Staff from a London hospital have set up camp outside one of the world's biggest football clubs in an effort to encourage men to look after their health

Men don't seek medical help as often as women - and their health can suffer as a result.

Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that in virtually every country men's lifespan lags behind women's. One reason is that men are 20% less likely than women to see their family doctor.

So staff from one hospital in London have taken to the road to encourage men to look after themselves.

This weekend one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Chelsea, play in the UK's FA Cup final. At their home games this season, their fans have been able to get a health check free of charge, from staff on a bus from the Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

It has two consulting rooms and in the hours before a weekend match, sees on average 30 men - from teenagers to men in their 80s.

On board the bus nurses like Jenny Parr offer tests for everything from blood pressure to sexually transmitted diseases and diabetes.

They also offer advice on stopping smoking and losing weight. If any of the tests which have to be sent away come back positive, they can send the results by text message.



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