Celebratory day at HMP Haverigg for both prisoners and staff

A celebration event was held to mark the 50th Anniversary of  HMP Haverigg opening as a prison. 

To mark the occasion healthcare staff from the Trust joined forces with other prison staff and organised health promotion stands and sports activities to encourage positive healthcare support. During the course of the day 140 prisoners had the opportunity to chat to clinical staff about a wide range of health concerns.

Hazel Taylor, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at HMP Haverigg said:

“We took the opportunity to offer a wide range of health promotions, including smoking cessation advice, testicular examination awareness and blood borne virus testing with on the day dry blood spot testing available to those who wanting it.

“Blood borne virus testing is offered regularly to all the prisoners but in the last week 10 % of the prisoners have requested that they are re-tested following our health promotion days, so I think I can say that the sessions have  been a  great success and we will certainly be doing these sessions again.

“Over the next two weeks we have the dental team visiting all the prisoners to offer oral health advice. The sexual health team will also be visiting the prisoners to increase awareness of sexual health. Our aim is to increase health promotion to all of the prisoners, especially those who don’t access healthcare routinely.”

Friends and families of staff who work at the prison were also invited along to see what life is like for those who work there and what it’s like for the inmates at the prison.

The prison has gone through many changes over the last 50 years and has seen a changing population, with a current population of just over 300 prisoners.  The primary healthcare department is run by a small dedicated team of nurses with support from a variety of other healthcare professionals.