You don't need an invite for vital health checks in Dorset

You don't need an invite for vital health checks in Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 12:42pm 18th September 2019. (Updated at 12:50pm 18th September 2019)

If you meet the criteria, and you live in Dorset then you're entitled to a free health check.

Public Health Dorset is inviting people between the ages of 40-74 to the check which screens for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. They should be done every five years.

It follows reports that Dorset County Council failed to send invites to the appointments to over 50,000 people in the county.

Only 54% of those eligible for the checks between in the five years to June 2019 received letters inviting them to book one.

But, Public Health Dorset says you don't need a letter to book an appointment, although many will have already been sent them.

Of those who were invited during the last five years in Dorset, only 49% attended an appointment.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said:

"We are aware that the uptake of NHS Health Checks has been low in parts of Dorset. In response to this, we've taken measures to introduce a different delivery model from April 2019 which enables eligible people to choose to have their NHS Health Check from a number of providers (pharmacies and GP practices) across Dorset. 

What are the health checks, and am I eligible?

The appointment takes no longer than 30 minutes. You'll be asked questions about your family history.

You'll also have your height and weight measured and they'll check your blood pressure and cholesterol. 

You're eligible for the checks if you:

  • Are between the age of 40 and  74
  • Are a Dorset resident
  • Haven't had a the health check in the past 5 years
Only 49% of people offered a check went along to an appointment in Dorset
Only 49% of people offered a check went along to an appointment in Dorset

Why are they important?

Cllr Lesley Dedman, BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health said: 

"It's important that everyone looks after themselves. Health checks are a great way of checking you are on the right track to staying healthy.

"Depending on results you will be given advice on what small changes can be done to improve your health and lessen the risk of developing serious health problems. Small changes can make big differences."

To find out more about health checks and to find a list of providers visit Public Health Dorset's website.

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