NHS HEALTH CHECK
NHS Health Checks are being offered free to people aged between 40 and 74 once every 5 years. The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. The check is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a blood test (finger prick) to measure your cholesterol level. You will not need this check if you have ever been diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke,kidney problems or any sort of heart problems. Contact reception now to check your eligibilty and book your appointment.
If you have ever smoked for more than 20 years we recommend you have a spirometry test. Spirometry is a special breathing test to test your lungs. The test takes about 15 minutes, and is carried out by our Health Care Assistant- please book an appointment if you have not had this test and have EVER smoked for 20 years or more. About 1 in 5 smokers develop a lung problem called COPD, and it is important to be diagnosed as early as possible. By the time a smoker develops symptoms of COPD often over 50% of lung function has already been permanently lost.
BOWEL CANCER SCREENING
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. People in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation, then their screening kit, so they can do the test at home. After your first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 69. If you are aged 70 or over, you can ask for a screening kit by calling the Freephone number
Any female over the age of 65 may be screened for Osteoporosis here at the surgery. The screening is available by appointment with our Health Care Assistant bookable at reception. Before attending your appointment you will be asked to complete a questionniare to pass to the Health Care Assistant. This will ask for your height & weight and blood pressure which you can take at our self help area at the surgery. The questionniare is available from reception or you can download it from the link below. Please contact reception to make an appointment.
Osteoporosis Risk Factors Questionnaire
It is recommended that women undergo Cervical Smear Screening every 3 years from age 25-49 and every 5 years from age 50-65. The Health Authority will contact you to let you know when you are due. You may make an appointment with one of our Nurses at the surgery, or if you prefer you may attend the S.A.F.E Clinic (Family Planning).
Women aged 50-70 will be invited for breast screening every 3 years by the Health Authority.