Notts: Council seeking views on NHS Health Check service

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Notts County Council are seeking views on new plans for how the authority commissions the NHS Health Check service across the county from April 2016, with an intention to widen the offering to target more people from harder-to-reach communities.

An NHS Health Check is a short risk assessment with a professional that identifies people at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or certain types of dementia, and helps them take action to avoid, reduce or manage their risk of developing a serious condition.

People aged 40-74 are eligible to be offered an NHS Health Check every five years provided they do not have a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition or are already in treatment for certain risk factors like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Coun Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the county council’s public health committee, said: “NHS Health Checks are based on the notion that prevention is better than cure, they help people pick up on things that could become an issue in the coming years, and helps them change their behaviour to avoid them from developing.”

“We’re looking at new ways of engaging with more people that might be at higher risk of some of the conditions an NHS Health Check can flag up, and would welcome as many views as possible.”

The county council is planning to continue to offer the mandatory NHS Health Check service through all GPs in the county, and also to provide additional services in workplaces and community venues to target sections of our community that statistically are at higher risk.