Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

It's OK to Ask

At Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust we are proud to be using the "OK to Ask" Make Every Contact Count (MECC) campaign to help us improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the public. MECC is all about taking an interest in our patient's lifestyles and using the contacts we have to signpost you in the right direction to help you make healthy lifestyle choices.

 MECC focuses on:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Healthy eating
  • Drinking alcohol within the recommended limits
  • Keeping physically active
  • Keeping to a healthy weight
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Sexual health

These are key lifestyle areas that can make the greatest improvement to your health and wellbeing. In fact, by addressing these areas, life expectancy can be increased by up to 14 years.

Did you know that in the Midlands and East England, 75 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women don't eat five fruit or veg a day? And, 25 per cent of the population drink alcohol at increasing or high risk levels.

MECC aims to encourage both staff and patients to engage in conversations about any area of healthy lifestyles, no matter what service is being used.

In other words, it's OK to Ask your doctor, nurse, carer or whichever member of staff you are in contact with for advice. Also, "Don't be surprised if we ask" if you would like any information, tips or advice on healthy living or even to just be signposted in the right direction.

MECC is a campaign developed in collaboration with both staff and the public to ensure staff can deliver brief advice about healthy lifestyle choices and patients can feel comfortable in asking how to improve their health and wellbeing.  

As an NHS organisation, improving the health of the population is at the top of our list.

Look out for our MECC campaign posters displayed around our hospitals, community centres and other patient and public areas and remember;

It's OK to Ask!