Boundaries for Life helps cricket fans not get caught out
Julian English caught up with the Boundaries for Life team to see what’s new this year.
Health check, mouth cancer checks and dental checks are all part of Boundaries for Life. This is an organisation set up by dual-qualified, dentist and medic Chet Trivedy.
In addition to being a consultant in emergency medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Chet is a senior lecturer in emergency and resuscitation care at Queen Mary University of London.
Founded in 2010, Boundaries for Life promotes health awareness at cricket matches across the UK. This is achieved by offering free oral and general health checks for spectators and ground staff alike.
The organisation has consequently carried out almost 4,500 free health checks and identified many health concerns. It has also found several cases of suspected mouth cancer – potentially saving lives.
Dentistry.co.uk has written about Boundaries for Life previously and how it offers free screening tests for men aged 45 and over, and those who might not be regularly visiting a dentist or general practitioner. This target audience is also thought to be increasingly vulnerable to a range of health conditions. Checks therefore offer the opportunity to identify people who might be at risk of future health problems at an early stage. These include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Early indicators of diabetes
- Oral cancers
- Alcohol misuse.
At the end of the check-up, Chet offers a detailed consultation. Every user receives a detailed health report. This subsequently provides advice and guidance on any next steps that they should take regarding their oral or general health.
Boundaries for Life volunteers
Local member dentists and medics who volunteer their time for the day due to its popularity support the team.
Catherine Rutland, clinical director at Denplan, said: ‘We’re delighted to sponsor Boundaries for Life for a third season.
‘This will help promote health awareness and the links between oral health and general health.
‘The initiative also provides an incredibly important free service to a captive audience.
‘An audience which may not have seen a health professional recently.
‘We’re excited to join our highest number of dental volunteers and member dentists to date from Denplan, part of Simplyhealth.
‘They are all keen to help check users for signs and risks of mouth cancer.’
Boundaries for Life has been running for nine years. With plans to be at more games in 2020, the initiative goes from strength to strength, offering a tangible service to a section of society who may be at more risk than others.
For more information visit www.denplan.co.uk/dentists/blog/2019/04/boundaries-for-life.