Royal South Hants Minor Injuries Unit
Royal South Hants Minor Injuries Unit

Health centre staff helping to tackle diabetes

November 11 2016

STAFF at our Care UK-run health centres will be working flat out on World Diabetes Day (November 14) to carry out as many NHS Health Checks as possible to help combat this rising tide of the disease.

Dr Marjorie Gillespie, Care UK’s Director of Primary Care, said: “Our staff will be ringing our registered patients in the age range of 40-74 that are eligible for a free health check saying it is World Diabetes Day and we are inviting them in for a health check. We will also be handing out Diabetes UK leaflets to every patient who attends the health centre on that day.

“Every week, diabetes leads to 140 lower limb amputations, 1400 cases of heart failure and more than 540 strokes. For World Diabetes Day this year, we want everyone to know that managing your diabetes well is crucial to help avoid developing these life-threatening complications.”

The NHS Health Check is a screening tool which looks at your heart health, checks your vascular and circulatory health, and weighs up your own personal risk of developing preventable illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The NHS Health Check can be thought of as a midlife MOT, checking your body’s most important systems, including other results such as blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI.

The check is available to people between the ages of 40 and 74 who, broadly speaking, are not already identified by a health professional as having had a heart attack, stroke, angina or diabetes.  They should also not be on medicines for high cholesterol or high blood pressure as these people have already been screened by their GP and are being monitored regularly. Patients who are identified as having moderate or high risk and those patients in whom a pre-existing disease is identified by the check will be booked a follow-up appointment with either a nurse or GP.

The NHS Health Check is totally free of charge and assesses your risk of developing not only diabetes but heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. By taking early action, people can improve their health and make lifestyle changes to help prevent the onset of these conditions.

Care UK runs health centres incorporating registered GP practices in Colchester, Brighton, Stoke, Birmingham and Clapham and Stoke Newington in London.