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Free prostate tests at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

January 2024

The Derek Mead Health Room at Sedgemoor Auction Centre is running a free prostate testing event on Saturday, February 24.

The test, which must be booked in advance, is available for men between 40 and 80. It is funded by the Derek Mead Health Room charity and Bridgwater Agricultural Society.

The Saturday session will run from 9.30am-11.30am in the Quantock Hall at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton.

In the UK, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, with more than 45,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

The chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older. The condition mainly affects men over 65, although men over 50 are also at risk.

King Charles has recently been treated for problems with an enlarged prostate, which is not cancerous. It is understood the King was keen to share the news of his diagnosis to encourage more men to undergo testing if they are experiencing problems. 

Typically, an enlarged prostate can cause difficulty passing urine or emptying the bladder. However, some men experience no symptoms at all – another reason to get tested.

The Derek Mead Health Room was established in 2018 and was officially opened by the Princess Royal. It offers free health advice on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9am-1pm.

It was opened in memory of Derek, who owned and built Sedgemoor Auction Centre, which first opened its doors in January 2008.

Staffed by an NHS nurse the health room provides for the health and emotional needs of farmers and others using Sedgemoor Auction Centre. 

Derek’s daughter, Katherine Hawke, said: “Dad was very passionate about the farming community so it is very fitting that we provide health care in his memory. Our prostate testing morning at Sedgemoor is just the start of our many planned health initiatives under the Derek Health Room charity along with Bridgwater Agricultural Society. Our aim is to help our farmers & country folk look after themselves. The day also coincides with what would have been Dad’s 77th birthday week!”

Numbers using the health room continue to increase – with 471 people visiting between October and December 2023 – up from 192 in 2022. The average age of attendees is 57, with men outnumbering women by four to one. This is particularly encouraging as men generally access healthcare services less often than women.

To book for a test on Saturday, February 24, visit www.mypsatests.org.uk or ring Peter Hopwood who can assist with bookings and any questions about the test on 01458 441669 or 07464 873214. Only pre-booked tests can be carried out at the session. Tests should be booked by 6pm on Thursday, February 22.
 

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