What More offers entire workforce free confidential medical checkup

What More UK is one of the largest houseware manufacturers in the UK. It’s the organisation behind the popular brand Wham, available in every major UK supermarket and a further 1600 independent retailers. 

What More UK now employ 350 staff across their sites in Padiham and Altham, and recently completed a major building expansion – a £20m investment programme which included 13 new injection moulding machines. They also invest resource, time and effort into their workforce, ensuring they remain at the cutting edge of skills and that their workforce rate them as a great place to work. 

One of the ways in which they do this is to implement a free medical checkup programme. It’s been widely reported that only 58% of GP appointments in England in August 2021 were face-to-face, compared with four in five before the pandemic in August 2019. This can leave people with concerns they aren’t willing to see a GP about, to avoid causing a burden on the NHS. 

What More have implemented a programme to give each employee the opportunity to attend a health check, if they choose to take it up. It’s completely the employee’s decision, and a fully confidential service. 

Run by a qualified doctor, the purpose of the heath checks are to give colleagues the opportunity to discuss any ongoing or previous health issues with a doctor, including any concerns or pre existing conditions. They are given the opportunity to discuss any current medication.  Bloods can be taken and tested for cholesterol, diabetes, vitamin deficiency or any other concerns. Blood pressure & weight can be taken, or heart monitoring if that’s a concern.

Four days of appointments are booked over two weeks, with all employees who requested an appointment receiving one. Each day is around 12 hours for the hard working medical team, who will fulfil 180 one to one, confidential appointments.

A full confidential health report issued by the doctor will be given to the employee only – creating real peace of mind for many.

Company director Tony Grimshaw OBE, added: “It concerns me that people might have health worries they can’t get to a GP for. We’re very happy to invest in this initiative, even if it’s just for peace of mind it is well worth doing – and might even be a lifesaver in the worst case. We have a great team here at What More, and we want them all to be happy and healthy!”

What More UK is one of the largest houseware manufacturers in the UK. It’s the organisation behind the popular brand Wham, available in every major UK supermarket and a further 1600 independent retailers. They manufacture storage boxes and housewares of all kinds including bakeware, around-the-sink items, products for the home laundry, utility room, and items for the garden such as planters and troughs. What More’s products are all made in East Lancashire and are sold in 76 countries around the world. More can be seen on their website here: www.whatmoreuk.com