Helping you prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes and Kidney Disease
This NHS wide initiative is intended to help people reduce their risks of getting these common diseases. The main risk factors are:
- being overweight,
- lack of exercise,
- high blood pressure and
- high cholesterol.
This programme is for people who are not already suffering from such problems. If you are, you will already have received the necessary checks, advice and supervision.
Patients who have not had this free check will be invited for it once every 5 years. If you feel you would benefit from such a check and do not wish to await an invitation, please contact reception.
At this check, which will usually be done by one of our nurses or health care assistants, we will ask details of your family medical history and any medication you take regularly. We will also record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity. We will take a blood pressure reading and take a sample of blood for cholesterol testing. We will discuss relevant risk factors with you and how you can reduce any risks. As a result of this check it may be necessary to do further tests, or begin treatments or medications if appropriate.
If you are outside the ages of 40 to 74 and have not had a recent check or feel you need one, we will be able to do it after discussion with a doctor or nurse.