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Barnsley Council is asking for people’s views on how they would like NHS health checks to be carried out in Barnsley.

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

In Barnsley, if you’re in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, your GP practice can invite you for a free NHS Health Check every 5 years.  This service has been running since 2009 and in Barnsley has always been available at local GP practices.

A health check involves a series of questions about your health and lifestyle, and measuring your height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and sometimes your blood sugar levels.  Once you’ve had your NHS Health Check, your healthcare professional should discuss your results with you. You should be given advice to help you lower your risk of certain diseases and maintain or improve your health.  You might be advised to take preventative medications such as statins to help reduce risks to your health, or you might be referred to other services, such as stop smoking or weight management.

From April 2018, we have the opportunity to change the way NHS Health Checks in Barnsley are available, such as by changing where or when they take place, or who we try and target to attend.  In other areas health checks are sometimes available through pharmacies, opticians, workplaces, or at community events.  They might be given by a range of medical professionals, or through healthy lifestyle services, or by community workers.

In order to ensure we spend our money on this service wisely, we need to try to find the best way to make sure that we encourage people most at risk of cardiovascular diseases to attend their health check, and that people who attend their health check are motivated to make changes to reduce their risk.  We will use your feedback to help us design this service.  The results may be shared with providers in order to inform the future service.

We do not ask for your name or address so the information you give us is completely anonymous.

The closing date for this consultation is Wednesday 3 May 2017.

Many thanks for your time.

Julia Burrows

Director of Public Health

PS. You don’t have to wait until you receive an invitation for a health check to make healthy changes.  There are other ways of getting your health checked, such as using this online Heart Age test or taking the How Are You quiz.

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