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PEOPLE are being encouraged to ask for a free health check instead of waiting for an invitation.

Those aged between 40 and 74, who haven’t already been diagnosed with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, are invited by letter to make an appointment with their GP for a personalised health check.

But now eligible Hampshire residents can ask their GP for an NHS Health Check without the need for an invitation letter and GPs can offer eligible patients one if in contact for other reasons.

The change has been made by Hampshire County Council’s public health team so people are not waiting for an invitation.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, in charge of adult social care and public health, said: ‘I’m pleased we have improved the existing programme by giving people the opportunity to actively request an NHS Health Check.

‘And it will also enable GPs to offer eligible patients one at opportune moments for the check that takes about 30 minutes.’