GPs use MOTs in health drive

Practice Health Care Assistant Carol Lacey who performs the five yearly "health MOTs" at the Tideswell Surgery.
Practice Health Care Assistant Carol Lacey who performs the five yearly "health MOTs" at the Tideswell Surgery.
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DOCTORS surgeries in Buxton, Tideswell and Chapel-en-le-Frith are among those now offering health checks which can help people find out if they are at risk of potentially fatal illnesses.

The checks are now being offered to patients aged between 40 and 74 to spot early signs of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

Many of these illnesses don’t have any obvious symptoms but can be prevented, controlled or even reversed.

During the 30-minute checks, trained staff examine a number of factors which could indicate a patient’s future risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. These include medical history, lifestyle, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, age, ethnic background and height and weight. All the results are explained fully at the end of the check.

NHS Derbyshire County are now offering the health checks in 81 GP surgeries across the county.

Tony Morkane, associate director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “NHS Health Checks give patients and their GPs a clearer picture of the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, so that early action can be taken.

“Even if you feel well it’s a good idea to be checked so that these common diseases are picked up before it’s too late.

“Everyone who receives a Health Check will be given advice and information on improving their health. They will also be given personalised advice on how to lower risk and improve their health through lifestyle changes or through prescribed medication and treatment given by their GP. They will also be able to find out more about services in the area that can further help.”

Eligible patients aged between 40 and 74 will be invited to attend a Health Check every five years. Anyone who needs more specialist help will be referred to a GP or a relevant NHS service.