Have you had your health check?

Published on: Tuesday, 22-April-2014

Public Health professionals in Knowsley are reminding residents aged 40-74 years to have their free NHS Health Check.

It’s a quick and simple check to assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease. The Health Check Practitioner will:

  • Ask some simple questions about things like family history and current lifestyle
  • Measure height and weight
  • Make a note of age, sex and ethnicity
  • Measure blood pressure
  • Check cholesterol with a simple blood test (finger prick test)

A health check could help to identify any conditions early, enabling residents to receive preventative treatment, which will ultimately add years on to people’s lives.

Health Checks are taking place in a range of venues across the borough, including GP surgeries but also in leisure centres and mobile units.  If you live in Knowsley and are aged between 40-74 years, call the Health Check Nurses on 0800 032 5821 or 07976 148 617 and make your appointment today.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “We know that by making a few simple changes in our behaviour and lifestyle can have a major positive impact on our health and wellbeing.  Many of the long-term conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease can be avoided through these simple changes.  That is what the Health Check aims to do and I would encourage as many residents as possible, aged between 40-74 years, to arrange their appointment today.”