- Age at interview:
- Pamela and Anthony are married and have 2 adult children. Anthony used to be a design engineer and Pamela worked in accounts for the NHS. Since retiring they have been running their own catering business together. Ethnic background/nationality' White English.
Were you quite surprised that this was happening sort of with this level of equipment actually in the--?
Pamela' Yes, I thought it was wonderful that we, you know, that they’ve got things like that, that they can bring out and use. You know, but medical science has changed so much, hasn’t it? There’s so many wonderful things now that, if you had things 50 years ago you would have just been left, but not now. It’s great.
I think one of the things that they’re interested in, in setting up this research programme and testing it here, is how feasible it is to have it in local Health Centres?
Pamela' Yes, yes.
Does it seem to be fine?
Pamela' Yes that would be good because then, you know, everyone could be dealt with and there are a lot of people that would be frightened to go to [city] or somewhere else but if they could go into their own Health Centre they’d think, “Oh well, I might as well have it done,” wouldn’t they?
Anthony' Yes I agree with that. I think it’s nicer to be in your own environment or somewhere that you know rather than - to be quite honest, going into the [hospital] always sort of you know, there’s always this sort of fear about it a little bit, anyway but.
Anthony' Although it’s very pleasant in there, of course.
Pamela' But I think it will, you know, it would be much better for people if they could just go in there, because there are a lot of very shy people that don’t really like to do anything.
And also in terms of access, I guess, it’s closer and easier to get to.
Pamela' Oh yes. It doesn’t take us a minute in the car. Well, ten minutes and we’re there, aren’t we?
- Age at interview:
- Susie has retired from her job as a packer in a food factory. She is married with three grown-up children. Ethnic background/nationality' White British.
It was held at our health centre a couple of yards down the road so, you know, there’s no problem getting there. If it had been up to the [hospital] I’d have still gone. I wouldn’t have seen any problem there.
No. I suppose, I mean, one of the things I think the staff are quite interested in is whether it’s a good idea to have this kind of screening programme in local health centres, and what people think about having it in their own health centre.
I think it’s a brilliant idea, it really is, you know. Because there’s a lot of people no doubt wouldn’t bother to go up to the [hospital], you know, because of perhaps a problem getting there and, you know, depends on their age or how active they are. But no, I think it’s a great idea at your own health centre, it is.
- Age at interview:
- Anne is self-employed. She is married with four grown-up children. Ethnic background/nationality' White British.
You mentioned that it was quite important for you that it was local.
Were you surprised that they were able to do something like that locally?
I was. Because I thought, “Oh, no, that means I might have to go into the city.” And I thought, “No.” Because my husband, he’s just in hospital at the moment, he had a hip operation. And I thought, “I don’t want him to drive far away if I’ve got to go away. I shall say, ‘No, don’t bother’.” I wouldn’t have gone. But being at the local town, I could walk. So it was lovely.
So you really wouldn’t have gone?
No, I wouldn’t have, no.
That’s interesting. Because again, one of the things they’re quite keen to find out is whether it improves people’s willingness to come if it’s done locally.
That’s right. Yes, I think it did.
If they’d found anything, you would have had to go for a follow-up appointment in the city.
That’s right. Then my daughter would have driven me. My husband would drive me anyway, but not with his leg. No, he was suffering, pushing the pedal, with his leg.
So if it had been at another time, if he’d been well?
Yes, that would have been different, yes, that would have, yes, definitely. Yes, he would have took me anywhere.