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Kingsholm Stadium played host to a different type of scrum on Tuesday at the first annual general meeting of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.

Around 250 people packed out the stadium’s 1873 Suite as the Trust showcased some of the services it provides to around 600,000 people countywide.

The afternoon event featured free health checks, a Pilates class, Stoptober display, information on the Trust’s new rapid response service and a first look at the new website of the revamped community equipment service.

Ingrid Barker, chair of the Trust, said: “I am delighted that the event was so well attended as it gave our teams a vital opportunity to meet and engage with the wider community.

“The NHS Constitution starts with the words ‘The NHS belongs to the people’ and I think our AGM embodied that idea by being open, interactive and inclusive.

“I particularly enjoyed the quiz by our community dentistry team, and meeting some of our volunteers who make such a difference throughout our community hospitals.

“I’d also like to thank all the partner organisations from across health and social care which took part and which provided a great feeling of teamwork at the event.”

Community nurses provided free health MOTs – checking blood pressure, heart rate and BMI – and there were be displays on healthy lifestyles, a relaunch of the Gloucestershire Community Equipment Service and help and advice from the county’s Stop Smoking Team as part of the ongoing Stoptober event.

The presentation was followed by the Trust’s formal Annual General Meeting, which covered achievements over the past 12 months, finances, quality account and future plans.