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Health Defence Scotland

Helping you live a healthier life

Our Health Defence team is here to help you make positive changes to your health – starting today!
We offer a range of services, from free health checks to specialist physical activity support, to help you live life to the full.
To find out which services are available near you, please select your area below.

Health Defence in Glasgow

We have two Health Defence Hubs in Glasgow, located in Drumchapel and Maryhill, and we can also deliver pop-up hubs with partners in the local area.

After a delay due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to be opening our Maryhill Hub this spring, which has been made possible by funding provided through Glasgow City Council’s ‘Glasgow Communities Fund’.

Pop in and see us today to take the first steps towards a healthier life!

Maryhill Hub

186 Wyndford Road

Glasgow

G20 8HF

Drumchapel Hub

16 Dunkenny Square

Glasgow

G15 8NB

We offer a wide range of different Health Defence services, available in-person at our Glasgow Hubs and some available online too.

Health Checks

Join us for a free health check to help you find out more about your overall health and get advice about how to live a healthier life.

Our friendly, trained team will ask you some simple questions about your health – for example, ‘Do you smoke or vape? How many units of alcohol do you drink in a week?’ – which will help us find out more about what’s important to you. You can also choose to have free tests to find out more about your health, including checking your blood pressure, weight, waist measurement and cholesterol level.

At the end of the health check we will help you set one goal which you’d like to work on to improve your health. Together we will also create a simple plan that fits your needs to increase your chances of achieving it.

A health check usually takes around 20-45 minutes, and you are welcome to bring a friend, relative or support worker with you to help you feel relaxed and comfortable.

You can drop in whenever suits you for a health check, or book an appointment with us in advance.

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Physical Activity

Our Physical Activity sessions are available face-to-face in our Maryhill Hub, or you can also join our virtual Physical Activity Peer Support Groups to get active at home.

The sessions usually last between 30-60 minutes and give you the opportunity to get active, improve your health and connect with other likeminded people. There’s always time for a blether too!

There are a range of different activity options available, from chair-based exercises to higher intensity circuits, to help you find a level of activity that works for you.

We also have a number of health walks running on a weekly basis from our hubs which are free to join.

Drumchapel Hub – Tuesday 11am

Maryhill Hub – TBC

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What matters to you?

Feeling worried about your health or unsure about how to start making healthier choices? Our trained team and here to have a chat about what matters most to you about your health.

Whether it’s your physical health or mental wellbeing, we’re here to help you understand your health and start making positive changes to improve your life.

We’ll have a chat over the phone or on a Zoom call to help you find out what matters most and how you can set small, achievable goals towards a healthier life.

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Health Information

Our Health Information resources are available to help you understand and manage your chest, heart or stroke condition, as well as find out more about how to live well and make healthy changes to your daily life.

The resources are available to download online from our Resources Hub, or you can pick up printed versions of our booklets and guides from the Maryhill or Drumchapel Hubs.

Resources Hub

Community Engagement

We always want to hear from, learn from and work closely with our communities in Maryhill and Drumchapel to ensure we’re providing the support you need.

If you would like to get in touch with any ideas, questions or suggestions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Health Defence in Scotland

Not all of our Health Defence services are available face-to-face across the rest of Scotland yet, but we do have some virtual options available and our door is always open for a chat.

Physical Activity

Our virtual Physical Activity sessions, held via Zoom, are a fun and sociable way to get active at home.

The sessions usually last between 30-60 minutes and give you the opportunity to get active, improve your health and connect with other likeminded people. There’s always time for a blether too!

There are a range of different activity options available, from chair-based exercises to higher intensity circuits, to help you find a level of activity that works for you.

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What matters to you?

Feeling worried about your health or unsure about how to start making healthier choices? Our trained team and here to have a chat about what matters most to you about your health.

Whether it’s your physical health or mental wellbeing, we’re here to help you understand your health and start making positive changes to improve your life.

We’ll have a chat over the phone or on a Zoom call to help you find out what matters most and how you can set small, achievable goals towards a healthier life.

Request a call

Health Information

Our Health Information resources are available to help you understand and manage your chest, heart or stroke condition, as well as find out more about how to live well and make healthy changes to your daily life.

The resources are available to download online from our Resources Hub, or you can order printed versions to be delivered straight to your door.

Resources Hub

We’re here to help

If you need further support to help you manage your health condition and live life to the full, we have a range of services to support you.

Call our Advice Line nurses on 0808 801 0899 for free, confidential support and advice. No worry is too big or too small.

Get one-to-one support from our Community Support team, giving you the physical and emotional help you need to recover well at home.

Join one of our 140+ affiliated Peer Support Groups across Scotland to get support, socialise and meet people who understand what you’re going through.

Our Stories

“I’ve come on leaps and bounds since joining the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland support group”

Online support group transformed Mic’s health

Mic suffered a stroke without realising, but luckily his sister spotted something was wrong right away.

After a short stay in hospital and a rehabilitation ward, Mic began his recovery at home – and he puts his speedy recovery down to joining Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s online rehab group.

He says: “The longest-lasting effect of the stroke has been on my left leg. I’ve had to give up driving and I need to walk with a stick. But I’ve come on leaps and bounds since joining the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland support group because walking is so important for my health.”

Read Mic’s story

William’s love of walking kept him going

William used to love going for a walk with his beloved dog, Archie. But when he suffered a stroke, William was worried he’d no longer be able to go on his daily walk.

But slowly, William began to recuperate and started walking short distances around his neighbourhood.

He spotted a notice at the local health centre and was soon part of the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland health walking group in Drumchapel.

“The best thing that a walk does is help your mental health because just being out and active makes you feel good,” says William.

“The walking group is great company because we’re all going through the same thing.”

Read William’s story

“The walking group is great company because we’re all going through the same thing.”

Get in touch

Whether you’d like to pop in and see us at one of the Hubs, would like to access Health Defence support over the phone, or just have some ideas or suggestions for us, we’d love to hear from you!

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