Free health MOTs for people aged 40-74

Published on 06 February 2017

PEOPLE aged 40-74 who live in Leicester are being reminded that they can book a ‘free health MOT’ at their GP surgery.

Free NHS health checks are designed to help adults reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

The check takes about 30 minutes and assesses people’s risk of developing these diseases, as well as offering advice on how to make lifestyle changes that could help to reduce the risks.

Since 2013, the health check programme has identified nearly 7,000 adults in Leicester with previously undiagnosed conditions. Left untreated, these conditions can be a major contributing factor to developing cardiovascular disease.

Leicester is among the highest in the country when it comes to take-up of the health checks, with a take-up rate of 62 per cent compared to a national average of 46 per cent.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who leads on public health, said: “Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of early deaths in Leicester, accounting for 28 per cent of all deaths in the city. That’s why it’s really important that we do all we can to help people to identify and minimise their risk.

“We’ve carried out nearly 52,000 health checks since 2013, and we know that uptake is good, but we want to improve it even further.

“I’d urge anyone who gets an invitation for a health check from their GP surgery to make sure they take up the offer – even if you feel good now.

 “A half-hour visit now could help to ensure you don’t have to make more visits to your GP or hospital later on with a condition that could have been picked up on or prevented earlier.”

Adults aged 40-74 may be invited to visit your GP for a health check, or you can contact them to book one.

For more information, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/healthchecks

 

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