A HEALTH and wellbeing bus is coming to Blackburn with Darwen to offer residents support with taking care of their health.

The NHS's HARRI bus (health, advice, recovery, resilience, information) will be at several different locations this month, where staff from the NHS and other local agencies will offer advice and information on health related issues, including: Covid-19 and preparing for winter, looking after mental wellbeing, diabetes, sleep difficulties, getting more active, and lots more.

They can even offer information on health and wellbeing courses for local people, and jobs.

Dr Pervez Muzaffar, Clinical Director for Darwen, said: "I feel that the HARRI project has been very successful. Patients find it easy to discuss their health or social care concerns in private and away from the traditional health settings."

The HARRI bus will be at Darwen Market Square from 10am-3pm on Friday; Shadsworth Community Hub, Rothesay Road, from 10am-12pm on Friday September 25, and Little Harwood Community Centre, Whalley Old Rd, between 1pm and 3pm on Friday September 25.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "We all need to take good care of ourselves, even more so as the winter season approaches as we continue to be in the grip of the global pandemic.

"The staff on board the HARRI bus can offer advice on taking good care of ourselves and getting ‘winter ready’. If you feel you need support with your health – or that of a family member – please take the opportunity to talk to the NHS staff on board HARRI."

Appointments for the HARRI bus are not necessary.