Sounds great. But how does Man MOT work?

What is Man MOT?

Man MOT is a free, confidential online health information service designed by and for men in England. You can use it at anytime. You can text chat directly to an NHS GP about any health problem at all twice a week. Sometimes we also run specialist clinics at the Wednesday Workshop. 

Can you really access it from anywhere?

Yes, anywhere you can get online. It works on computer, tablet or smart phone. 

Do I need an appointment?

No - just go online.

When are you open?

We're open for emails all the time. The opening hours of the chat 'surgeries' are on the Man MOT home page. 

Can I use it without giving my name?

The service is totally confidential. Nothing you say will be shared with anyone. But if you'd prefer not to give your name, no problem. Or you can use any name you want.

For the chat service, you just ask your question. Sometimes the GP might ask your age or for other information to help them to help you better. For the email service, obviously you need to include your email address.

Is it anything to do with the NHS?

All our GPs are NHS-trained and fully qualified. The project is funded by the Department of Health but it's nothing to do with the NHS as such. It is entirely separate from your GP. Nobody will know you've used Man MOT unless you tell them.

What's the link with Haringey?

Setting up the project we worked closely with the men of Haringey and Haringey Council and they were fantastic partners. But you don't need to live in Haringey. The service is for all men in England. It's completely confidential and nothing you say will go outside the service. The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation have been our other main partner in the project. But again you don't need to be a Spurs fan to use Man MOT!

We are developing specialist, customised Man MOT projects with other partners including employers.

Why is it just England?

Because that's the area that the Department of Health is funding us for. Health care is devolved to the other countries of the UK.

Can I save my 'chat'?

Yes, you can print it out or email it to yourself - again confidentially. This is really useful because you can show it to your own GP if you want to follow up what the Man MOT GP has advised you.

Can you diagnose an illness on internet chat?

No, you can't. This is really important. On Man MOT you can talk about anything you want. Our GPs and experts can discuss options with you and direct you to health services if necessary. But we can't give individualised medical advice or offer a medical diagnosis. Only your own GP can do that. This is made clear in our terms and conditions which you'll need to agree to before chatting.

Where are your GPs from?

They're all fully-qualified GPs, all trained in the UK with have many, many years of NHS experience between them

Was Man MOT really designed by a group of men?

Yes, to some extent. Men in Haringey, health professionals, local health champions and other partners were all involved. We wanted to design a one-stop shop which is more accessible to men than existing services and which will improve men’s awareness of their health risks, help them get treatment sooner if needed and point them in the direction of local services. We'd love to know what you think about it.

What do men who have used Man MOT think?

Check out our five star feedback.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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