NHS Annual Health Checks
NHS Health Checks are provided free of charge to Hull residents aged 40 to 74 years old who have not previously been diagnosed with a long term condition, such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. Adults who meet the eligibility criteria are advised to have a health check every 5 years.
What happens at a NHS Health Check
A face to face consultation will take place with some questions and simple tests carried out to determine the risk of developing health issues in the future.
After the health check is completed, the results will be discussed. Lifestyle advice is provided, for example on how to get help to give up smoking, to be more active, to lose weight, to eat healthily or to lower alcohol consumption. This may include a referral to other services. More information can be found on the NHS website.
Learning Disability Register
The Learning Disability Register is a record of people with a learning disability who are registered with each GP practice.
GP’s and other health services have to make sure that you are able to access their service by making ‘reasonable adjustments’. This may include things such as –
- providing you with any information in easy read format
- longer appointments to give you time to understand the information
- making sure any signs are clear
- help with filling out forms
- awareness training for staff so they can better support you.
These ‘reasonable adjustments’ are required by law under the equality act 2010 as everybody has the right to healthcare in UK.
Contact your GP’ to find out whether you are on the GP learning disability register.
Learning Disabilities Annual health checks
Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.
During the health check, the GP or practice nurse will –
- carry out a physical check up such as measuring your height and weight, blood pressure
- talk to you about your lifestyle such as diet and exercise and try to help you find solutions to help you live a healthier life.
- discuss any other health issues you may have such as epilepsy
- talk to you about and review any medication or treatments you are having
If your learning disability has a specific cause, the GP or practice nurse will often carry out additional tests to check if there are any other health risks.
Adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability that are on the GP practice learning disability register should be invited by their GP practice to come for an annual health check. However you can talk to your GP about having your annual health check-up.
Information and advice on staying well during summer and winter.