A purpose built Health Bus, complete with a fully trained nurse and consultation rooms, visits National Express bus garages offering free health advice and support to all employees.
The award winning bus, which was also an industry-first, was created following comments in our annual employee survey which praised our employee safety awareness but asked for similar support in health and wellbeing. The Health Bus was designed and constructed by our own engineers and fitters who adapted a redundant bus into a modern, mobile health facility offering two consultation areas and a waiting room. Confidential advice is offered during each 20-minute appointment by a fully qualified nurse who also performs checks on blood pressure, eyesight and cholesterol.
The Health Bus, which covers both day and night workers, has been visited by over 4,000 employees. Some of them, just like 60 year old bus driver Roy Spriggs, tell us that visiting the bus has identified previously unknown health issues. "My doctor told me that my Health Bus visit saved my life," said Roy.
The bus has really delivered and helped support our employee's health and wellbeing and has already secured three national awards including:
- Nursing in the Community at the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
- Wellness Award at the 2015 Employee Engagement Awards
- Best Healthcare and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year at the 2015 Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards
Below is a Nursing Times video featuring Karen Harrison (Health Bus nurse) and Bryan Bannister (Group Communications Manager) accepting the Nursing in the Community award on behalf of National Express UK Bus.
This short clip reflects how proud we are of our Health Bus and the recognition that it has received.