The practice is two years into a national five year programme of Health Checks for patients aged between 40 and 74 which help to identify potential risks early. By having this check and following the advice of our health professionals, you improve your chances of living a healthier life.
If you have a family history of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease you may be more at risk.
The practice will be inviting in all patients who are between the ages of 40 and 74 for a health check. This will involve taking blood pressure readings, weight and height (BMI), a blood test to check your cholesterol level, and carrying out a cardio-vascular risk assessment.
Firstly we will ask you to have a blood test with our phlebotomist or healthcare assistant. The check itself will take about 20 minutes with our practice nurse, who will ask some simple questions, record your weight and height, age and sex, and take your blood pressure. You will be taken through your results and told what they mean, and be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy life style.
Lifestyle advice will be given to help you to stay healthy for longer, and to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.
It is expected to take up to five years to complete the first cycle, so please be patient while awaiting your turn. You will then be invited back every five years to monitor your health until you reach the age of 74.
If you are outside the 40 – 74 age range and concerned about your health, you should make an appointment to see your GP.
Non-urgent advice: Further Information
For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck.