NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Tower Hamlets Council are encouraging local residents to take charge of their health by attending a free NHS Health Check.
Attending one of these checks can help to lower your potential risk of developing a whole range of conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and even some forms of dementia.
If you’re aged between 40 and 74, and you haven’t already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you will be invited for a check at your local GP, pharmacy or community healthcare centre every five years. These tests comprise of a few straightforward tests and a basic medical history to allow GPs to get a clearer picture of your health.
You will then be taken through your results and any treatment that you might need to help control conditions such as high cholesterol levels or raised blood pressure. You’ll also have access to personalised advice and lifestyle recommendations.
NHS Health Checks in Tower Hamlets have previously been very successful in identifying people at risk of developing long term health conditions. A recent report shows that diabetes is three times more likely to be diagnosed in those that attend an NHS Health Check than in those that do not, while Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is twice as likely to be diagnosed.
Dr Sam Everington, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG Chair and a local GP, said:
“NHS Tower Hamlets CCG is committed to making sure that everyone in Tower Hamlets has access to the support and services that they need to stay fit and healthy. That’s why we’re urging everyone to attend their free NHS Health Check. It will only take up a short amount of your time, but the benefits for your health could be enormous. We’re also keen to stress that if you’re at all concerned about your health – and if you’re outside of the designated age range, already have a pre-existing condition or if you have not yet received an invitation – please do contact your local GP surgery.”
Dr Somen Banerjee, Interim Director of Public Health at Tower Hamlets Council, added: “Tackling heart disease and stroke is a major priority for Tower Hamlets Council as we have amongst the highest levels in the country. NHS Health Checks have been very successful in helping us identify and support people at high risk and also diagnose those with existing heart disease or type 2 diabetes as early as possible. Over the past three years, the programme in Tower Hamlets has had one of the highest uptakes in the country. We’re now looking to build on this by encouraging even more eligible people in the borough to attend a NHS Health Check.”