“To do this, we are working with the Swan Medical Group in Petersfield to test a wide range of ways to increase participation. Learning from this trial will be shared with other health providers to help increase the numbers attending, particularly from high risk groups.”
The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, and raise awareness of dementia both across the population and within high risk and vulnerable groups.
Health checks are normally undertaken by practice nursing teams. Once the health assessment is complete, those receiving a check are given appropriate advice to help them manage and reduce their risk of becoming unwell. This advice will be tailored to suit the person’s individual needs. If necessary people will be directed to
either County Council commissioned public health support services such as weight
management support, or referred for a clinical follow up with their GP.
Cardiovascular disease is the second most common cause of death in Hampshire. According to the British Heart Foundation, healthcare costs relating to cardiovascular disease are estimated at £9 billion each year.