Annual Health Checks
Have you had your annual health check yet?
We’re encouraging all customers to get their annual health check. As well as keeping on top of any issues, these checks can also help you to stay well.
Health checks are now happening face to face again, and your GP should get in touch to invite you to your check. If you haven’t heard from them, you can call them to make an appointment. Don’t forget, we can help with things like:
- Booking your appointment
- Getting to your appointment
- Letting your Doctor know about the best ways to work with you
Speak to your support worker about how they can help you.
What are annual health checks?
Anyone over the age of 14 who is on their doctor’s learning disability register can get an annual health check. You can also get one if you are over 18 and have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis.
You do not have to be ill to have a health check – in fact, most people have their annual health check when they are feeling well.
Your health check gives you the chance to talk to your doctor, share any worries and ask questions about your health. During your visit, they will carry out a physical check-up. This includes things like checking your weight, heart rate and blood pressure.
They will also talk to you about your medicines and check that your vaccinations (like the Covid-19 booster and winter flu jab) are up to date, and discuss any help you might need to stay well.
Why should I get it?
Your annual health check is a great way to make sure you stay fit and well. It’s a chance for you to ask the doctor any questions you have, and it can also help you spot any health problems early so they can be sorted out.
If you are worried about seeing a doctor, let them know. They can make changes to make your visit easier. This could include things like:
- Making your appointment longer so you have more time to talk
- Having a carer, friend or peer support worker come with you
- Giving you an appointment at the beginning or end of the day, or a quiet place to wait if you find it hard to be in a busy waiting room
- Giving you extra reassurance or support if you are afraid of needles and are having a blood test or vaccine
- Giving you information written down so that it is easier to remember
- Having a translator at your appointment, for example if you communicate with sign language
- Transport if you need help getting to the GP surgery
- An appointment at home if you are unable to leave your home
Find out more:
This video by Mencap has helpful information about Annual Health Checks: Don't Miss Out - Annual Health Checks Mencap
See what the NHS says about annual health checks: Learning disabilities - Annual health checks - NHS (www.nhs.uk)