Keeping Orkney’s Farming Community Hale and Hearty

Health and Wellbeing Checks at the Mart

NFU Scotland’s Orkney Region and NHS Orkney are keeping the farming community hale and hearty.

The two organisations have set aside two dates for The Well Programme health checks to be available at Orkney Mart.  Organised by the Union’s Regional Policy Advisor Kerry Omand, Sara Murray from NHS Orkney will be hosting the checks on Monday 2 December and Monday 16 December.

Preparation for the clinic involves having a set appointment time and a completed Wellbeing Tool (this is a questionnaire which we ask clients to complete and return prior to their appointment in order that it can be assessed and then discussed at their appointment).  Appointments take up to one hour.

Anyone interested in booking an appointment can contact Linda Sutherland at NHS Orkney’s Public Health Department on or 01856 888084.

Commenting on the initiative, Kerry Omand said: “I’m delighted that NHS Orkney have agreed to come to the mart to complete these appointments and would like to thank the team for making this happen.

“I know that it has been successful in the past and that farmers can often struggle to make the time to attend appointments. I’m hoping that by bringing the clinic in to a more relaxed setting like the mart that farmers can feel that they can come along.
“I would also like to thank Orkney Auction Mart for providing the venue.”

NHS Orkney’s Sara Murray added: “I was delighted to hear from Kerry and her interest in bringing the Well Programme to the mart.  

“I have provided clinics throughout various organisations in Orkney and they have been very well attended.  I feel that they appeal to a wider demographic than those that would attend their GP.  

“The health check covers many aspects of your health and wellbeing and is an opportunity for anyone to discuss any concerns they may have.” 

Notes to Editors

  • Further information available from Regional Policy Advisor Kerry Omand on 07554 740598 or Email:


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 157/19

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