Teams from Yeovil Hospital will be putting skin safety and maternity care on the minds of visitors to Sherborne Castle Country Fair this Bank Holiday Monday.

During the morning, midwives from Yeovil Hospital will be offering advice and information on all things pregnancy, birth and baby-related, including bump painting for pregnant ladies.

After lunch, the dermatology team will be taking over and fair-goers will be able to learn more about staying safe in the sun as well as taking the chance to have free mole checks carried out by the Yeovil Hospital specialists, with full examinations available in private cubicles and plenty of great advice from the experts.

In 2018, more than 100 country fair visitors took the opportunity to visit the stand hosted by the dermatology team to get their moles checked and the specialists identified two melanomas and a couple of pre-malignant lesions.

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Jibu Varghese said: “After such a success last year, I am really looking forward to raising awareness around how to stay safe in the sun. In 2018, the team found the event extremely useful for reassuring patients who had benign lesions, which was about 80 per cent of the patients we saw, and will hopefully increase that this year.

“If you do have any concerns, do come to the tent and see us!”

The aim of the dermatology team is to educate as many people as possible regarding skin self-examination for early detection of skin cancers and highlight the importance of safe sun exposure.

The maternity team will be making its first appearance at the fair and the midwives are keen for members of the public to come and chat to them outside of the hospital in a relaxed and beautiful castle setting.

Speaking about her hopes for the event, Maternity Matron Sallyann Batstone said: “We are delighted to be spending the morning at the fair and have lovely fun activities planned. You don’t have to be pregnant to come and speak to us, anyone is welcome.

“We know that the advice given to new mums changes as new research comes to light, and this can conflict with information mums were given previously. We are always more than happy to speak to the whole community and ensure those who will be supporting our new mums, whether that is a partner, parent, wider family members or other experienced mums, are fully informed. This is a great opportunity for us to spread some important messages but also for us to listen to local families to help us develop a service that meets the needs of the local community we are proud to serve.”

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