Health kiosks to support the health and wellbeing of drivers -John Trayner
Go-Ahead London is the largest London bus operator, providing nearly a quarter of London's buses, with our vehicles travelling 82 million miles annually on over 197-day, night, and school routes. We can't make those journeys happen without our people.
Improving and supporting the health and wellbeing of drivers is a key part of our business. As part of these efforts, Go-Ahead London launched its first Health Kiosk at New Cross Garage on the 10th of August – enthusiastically welcomed by colleagues.
The initiative is supported by Transport for London and will see health kiosks rolled out across five Go-Ahead London garages over the next few weeks, including Camberwell, Orpington, Northumberland Park, and River Road Garages.
The kiosks will measure a range of key health indicators, such as blood pressure and body fat, allowing colleagues to take ownership of their health and wellbeing, becoming aware of potential health issues, encouraging the adoption of a healthier lifestyle, and measuring health improvements.
A hundred colleagues from each garage will also take part in a health monitoring trial that will monitor their health progress over several months. The Go-Ahead operating company plans to use the anonymous real-life data collected from each of the kiosks to better understand the health of bus drivers over time. The data will help to monitor the progress colleagues have made in becoming healthier and to form key actions that can be taken to further improve driver health and wellbeing.
Using the health kiosks will enable colleagues to access health and wellbeing checks to help detect signs of potentially serious health conditions earlier such as hypertension, diabetics, heart disease. The data collected is vital to identify the areas of focus in the development of the health and wellbeing programme.
Go‑Ahead London operates over 2,400 buses and employs over 8,000 staff operating from various sites in the capital, 6300 of whom are drivers ensuring 1 million passenger journeys take place each day.
Pictured: Go-Ahead London colleague at New Cross bus garage