Public health vehicle

The colourful Public Health Vehicle is a joint venture between the council and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire. Its role is to promote and improve public health across the East Riding of Yorkshire. You can use it free to promote healthy living in the East Riding.

What is the Public Health Vehicle?

The colourful Public Health Vehicle is a 12 ton, 2 axle, converted Large Goods Vehicle (LGV). It is a joint venture between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the NHS and was purchased using regional funding.  Its role is to promote and improve public health both across the East Riding of Yorkshire in general and to our socially isolated, deprived and rural areas in particular. It was launched in 2010 and has been very successful since. 

The Public Health Vehicle is capable of delivering a wide range of health promotion, information, interventions and advice and brings the NHS and the Council and the voluntary sector and private healthcare companies closer to the community.

What’s on board the public health vehicle?

The Public Health Vehicle contains a fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker, whistling kettle, blenders, microwaves, mixing bowls, cutlery and other equipment.  We do have access to a good chef or two too!

It has heating, a radio and a wall mounted flat screen which links to laptops and Wii consoles (You can either use ours or bring your own). Like the Tardis, it is bigger on the inside than it seems from outside; due to its extendable ‘pod’ area.

There’s plenty of space on the tables and in the seating areas to display messages. There is an ‘A’ board for the external display of posters, leaflets and other publicity and wall mounted Perspex display boards for A4 and A5 leaflets and posters.

There are many games (eg Quoits) onboard which encourage physical activity. There is a private consulting room for one to one's. A smoothie making bike is available for members of the public to make themselves delicious healthy drinks.

Is the East Riding population healthy?

The East Riding of Yorkshire has a population of 337.000 located in 3 major towns, 10 smaller towns, 250 villages and hamlets and hundreds of isolated properties. It is an overwhelmingly rural area.

In general, the health of people in the East Riding is better than both the England and regional average. However, significant health inequalities persist within the East Riding by gender, geography and deprivation.

The East Riding also has a large ageing population, a large residential caravan and chalet community and a growing number of migrant workers and their families.

How has the Public Health Vehicle helped to improve health so far?

The Vehicle’s appearances at workplaces have enabled hundreds of workers to have health checks on their weight, Body Mass Index, blood pressure and lifestyle choices. Its visits to seaside resorts and coastal caravan parks have showcased healthy cooking, living and Fit 4 Life activities. Its attendance at many community engagement events (particularly in areas where some of the poorest health in the East Riding exists) have resulted in hundreds of health checks on local residents.

What about the future?

We have high hopes and great future plans for our Public Health Vehicle. We are confident that we shall reach out further to parts of the community that we have not contacted yet at workplaces, villages, shopping centres, caravan parks and traveller sites.

How do I book the public health vehicle?

If you would like to hire the vehicle for your event, please request a booking form from our corporate support team on 01482 391601 or download the booking form and return to publichealthvehicle@eastriding.gov.uk. All bookings are subject to availability and you will therefore be contacted to confirm if your booking is approved.

Public Health Vehicle - Terms and Conditions (pdf 302kb opens in new window)

Public Health Vehicle - Booking Form (pdf 45kb opens in new window)

Is the public health vehicle free to hire?

If your event is related to health, wellbeing or care and takes place in the East Riding of Yorkshire, then it is free.

If your event is in the East Riding and not related to health, wellbeing or care it is £150 per day (this daily rate reduces for block bookings).

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