Essex County Council urges over-40s to have health check

Southend Standard: Over-40s urged to have health check Over-40s urged to have health check

County Hall bosses are encouraging residents to attend free NHS health check sessions to ensure they are fit and healthy.

New figures from Diabetes UK show that only half of 40 to 74- year-olds have taken advantage of the free service, which assesses the risk of conditions including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Dr Mike Gogarty, director for public health and wellbeing at Essex County Council, said: “We want as many residents as possible to benefit from this.

“Risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol are pretty common, but people may not know they have them. More importantly they are easily treated and can reduce people’s chances of having a heart attack or stroke. The NHS Health Check can help identify these risks.

“Here in Essex we offered over 86,000 health checks to residents in the last year. However, many people who have been invited are still not attending and I would strongly encourage people to take advantage of these checks.

“We also believe older people should benefit from these checks and uniquely in Essex we are also offering these checks through GPs to people aged 75 to 84.”

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6:10pm Wed 16 Apr 14

depotman says...

well I am over 40 never been invited so who are the 86000
well I am over 40 never been invited so who are the 86000 depotman
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6:10pm Wed 16 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

If we dont hear about these checks how are we expected to have one. If i walked into my GP and asked for a health checkwouldnt they say I was fussing and taking up their time?
If we dont hear about these checks how are we expected to have one. If i walked into my GP and asked for a health checkwouldnt they say I was fussing and taking up their time? jolllyboy
  • Score: 9

7:55pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Idontknowy says...

Same here depotman.

Maybe Essex County Council would like to let people know how they go about getting an invitation for this check up
Same here depotman. Maybe Essex County Council would like to let people know how they go about getting an invitation for this check up Idontknowy
  • Score: 6

9:39pm Wed 16 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Idontknowy wrote:
Same here depotman.

Maybe Essex County Council would like to let people know how they go about getting an invitation for this check up
You will get a letter from your surgery in due course ..
[quote][p][bold]Idontknowy[/bold] wrote: Same here depotman. Maybe Essex County Council would like to let people know how they go about getting an invitation for this check up[/p][/quote]You will get a letter from your surgery in due course .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

No invite here I'm afraid.
No invite here I'm afraid. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

7:48am Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
No invite here I'm afraid.
Over 40's, the story states, not over 60's, sorry...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: No invite here I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]Over 40's, the story states, not over 60's, sorry... CarnMountification
  • Score: -2

7:50am Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Idontknowy wrote:
Same here depotman.

Maybe Essex County Council would like to let people know how they go about getting an invitation for this check up
You will get a letter from your surgery in due course ..
The initial invites were sent firstly to home owners, the second batch will be sent to flat dwellers and the like...
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Idontknowy[/bold] wrote: Same here depotman. Maybe Essex County Council would like to let people know how they go about getting an invitation for this check up[/p][/quote]You will get a letter from your surgery in due course ..[/p][/quote]The initial invites were sent firstly to home owners, the second batch will be sent to flat dwellers and the like... CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

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