CHILD DEVELOPMENT CHECKS are done by our Health Visitor, Toni Shave. She has a clinic at Hindon on the second Thursday of the month between 12.30 and 13.30, and can also be contacted on 01747 873094.
NHS HEALTH CHECKS We offer a systematic health check for all patients aged 40 to 74. This is to estimate your risk of cardiovascular disease and to give tailored advice on how to reduce this risk.
Every five years all patients who do not have a long-term condition (they will be checked more frequently already) and who have not had a health check in the previous five years will be invited for a check in the month of their birthday (when aged 40, 45, 50 etc). The invitation letter will include information about the check, a leaflet on healthy living and a questionnaire. The check is by appointment (30 minutes) with a nurse and includes taking a finger prick blood cholesterol and glucose other measurements to calculate your cardiovascular risk and give health advice to reduce this and any other problems revealed.
Now that these checks are established we have almost stopped doing checks at other times. The NHS Health Check does not include many of the tests available through private organisations. This is because there is little or no evidence that these are of proven value in reducing risk of future illness or detecting existing illnesses and so can offer false reassurance if normal and false anxiety if abnormal.
CARERS HEALTH CHECKS. We particularly encourage any patient who is a carer to look after their own health. We are pleased to provide regular annual health checks and free annual influenza immunisations as well as information on support organisations.