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Free health checks in Epworth

File photo dated 25/01/13 of a model posing with a stethoscope, as the Prime Minister announced that millions of patients are going to be able to see their family doctors outside of work hours thanks to a new fund to extend GP opening times. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 14, 2014. David Cameron said that more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to their GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone services, email and phone. See PA story HEALTH Hours. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

File photo dated 25/01/13 of a model posing with a stethoscope, as the Prime Minister announced that millions of patients are going to be able to see their family doctors outside of work hours thanks to a new fund to extend GP opening times. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 14, 2014. David Cameron said that more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to their GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone services, email and phone. See PA story HEALTH Hours. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Free health checks are to take place in Epworth, and residents aged between 40 and 74 years-old are advised to take advantage of them.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. However, the good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family.

Public Health has set up free NHS health checks across numerous locations throughout the year to help you be better prepared for the future.

The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. Other factors to put you at greater risk include:

Being overweight

Lack of exercise

Smoking

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

Both men and women can develop these conditions. Even if you are feeling well, it is worth having an NHS health check now. The team can then work with you to lower your chances of developing these problems in the future.

The health check assesses your risk of developing type-two diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. It will take about 20 to 30 minutes and you will be asked some simple questions. For example about your family history and any medication you are currently taking.

The team will record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity, then take your blood pressure and pulse, do a blood test and check your cholesterol level.

They will discuss how you can be supported to reduce your risk and stay healthy. You will be taken through your results and told what they mean, and given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Frances Cunning, Director of Public Health at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is important that people keep a close eye on their health as the majority of time, these conditions can be prevented. Don’t let it get too late, be proactive about your health and wellbeing. The health checks will only take about 30 minutes of your time and could ensure you have a healthy lifestyle for years to come. We have plenty of sessions planned throughout the year, so make sure you book an appointment and get your health checked.”

The next health checks are on:

Thursday 4 September at Alvingham Road Day Centre, Scunthorpe, from 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 9 September at Riddings Pool, Scunthorpe, from 10am to 4pm

Friday 19 September at Epworth Clinic, Moorland Way, Epworth, from 10am to 4pm

To book your place call 01724 292170. You can drop into any of the sessions, but there will be a wait.

People can participate if they don’t have any of the following conditions and haven’t had an NHS health check for five years:

Diabetes

Coronary heart disease or previous heart attacks

Stroke or mini stroke

Chronic kidney disease

Peripheral arterial disease and Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

For more information about the NHS health checks, visit: www.northlincs.gov.uk/people-health-and-care/health-and-healthy-lifestyle/free-nhs-health-check/.

 

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