Farmers’ Health Clinic

Farmers health at Junction 24

Health Clinic Launch at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

Farmers and anyone working in the farming community, will be able to get a health check as part of their weekly trip to market thanks to the launch of a new health clinic at Sedgemoor Auction Centre in Bridgwater, Somerset.

The Derek Mead Health Room will open on Saturday 14 April in honour of Somerset dairy farmer and auction centre owner, Derek Mead who tragically died in a farming accident.

A nurse will be on-hand to carry out essential health checks such as blood pressure monitoring, and blood sugar testing, whilst also offering support for mental health issues. Farmers can pop in to the clinic - which is located next to the auction ring - with no prior appointment and speak to a nurse in confidence.

The health clinic has been set up thanks to the support of various local bodies, who have formed the Health Clinic Steering Group. This includes Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Mole Valley Farmers, The Weston Lions Club, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, The Farming Community Network (FCN), Bridgwater Agricultural Society and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

A health clinic had been in existence at the market some years ago, although lack of funding had caused it to close. Prior to his death, Derek had been in the process of re-launching the clinic and had approached John Holland and Eric Tones from the Weston Lions to reform a committee.

> To find out more about The Derek Mead Health Clinic, call 01278 662200 ext 1 or email