Comedian under pressure at health fun day

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IT may not be the most obvious place for a day out — but comedian Dave Spikey was among the hundreds of people who enjoyed a day of fun at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

A health fair was held for the first time on Saturday to give people of all ages the chance to meet staff and learn more about keeping well in a fun environment.

Visitors could test their strength, have a go on a climbing wall, take part in games and activities and even experience an inflatable walk-in bowel.

Mr Spikey had his blood pressure taken and enjoyed a ride on a smoothie bike —which uses pedal power to blend fruit into a drink.

The 60-year-old, who spent his early career working as a biomedical scientist in the haematology laboratory at the hospital, said: “I’m looking forward to the inflatable bowel. It’s a wonderful event, I first started at Bolton Royal Infirmary and then the General and it’s grown.

Medicine has progressed so much, it’s fantastic. It’s important for the community to see what’s going on.”

Youngsters enjoyed sitting in a fire engine and taking part in a mini keepfit session.

Public health manager Audrey Howarth, who is responsible for cancer and screening, said: “Both adults and children are intrigued with the inflatable walk-in bowel.

We talk about these things but to be able to see it and have that understanding about the condition, I think it resonates with people.”

A wealth of information was on offer, from the wheelchair service to infection prevention and control, diabetes and other conditions.

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9:45am Mon 17 Sep 12

tommy says...

Give me a break, it was rubbish. I understand the need for rose tinted journalist sunglasses here, but it was just a few stalls on a car park and a man announcing directions to a Sexual Health Clinic every 20 minutes. I heard complaints of women aggressively handing out condoms and people stealing the free food.

They did an awful job of advertising it as well, I think even 'hundreds' is pushing it.
Give me a break, it was rubbish. I understand the need for rose tinted journalist sunglasses here, but it was just a few stalls on a car park and a man announcing directions to a Sexual Health Clinic every 20 minutes. I heard complaints of women aggressively handing out condoms and people stealing the free food. They did an awful job of advertising it as well, I think even 'hundreds' is pushing it. tommy
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10:30am Mon 17 Sep 12

Undetectableman says...

Which budget was this extracted from ? .....
probably this is where the "missing" 3.8million went then

As the previous writer said why did nobody know about the event before it happened!

Get real Royal Bolton spend the money where its really needed on Patient Care!
Which budget was this extracted from ? ..... probably this is where the "missing" 3.8million went then As the previous writer said why did nobody know about the event before it happened! Get real Royal Bolton spend the money where its really needed on Patient Care! Undetectableman
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11:13am Mon 17 Sep 12

tommy says...

Trust me, I don't think the RBH bosses dipped into the safe that much.

The bowel was pretty much just an inflatable tunnel with a few veins drawn on and I reckon I could book Dave Spikey to mow my lawn nowadays.
Trust me, I don't think the RBH bosses dipped into the safe that much. The bowel was pretty much just an inflatable tunnel with a few veins drawn on and I reckon I could book Dave Spikey to mow my lawn nowadays. tommy
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6:23pm Mon 17 Sep 12

lindlandl says...

How can people 'steal' free food? Anyhow, if they felt the need to take more than their fair share of hospital food they must have been pretty desperate and hungry.
How can people 'steal' free food? Anyhow, if they felt the need to take more than their fair share of hospital food they must have been pretty desperate and hungry. lindlandl
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11:50pm Mon 17 Sep 12

I, Ludicrous says...

Why didn't Spikey go as Jerry the Berry? What an opportunity missed :-D
Why didn't Spikey go as Jerry the Berry? What an opportunity missed :-D I, Ludicrous
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