Free health checks on NHS could save lives

NHS organisations give advice on where to get treatment this winter

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FREE health checks are being offered on the NHS to help prevent heart disease.

Havant and Gosport residents aged between 40 and 74 are to be invited to have the free check as part of a national programme to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.

GP surgeries within Havant and Gosport – where cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death – will be sending out letters inviting registered patients who are not known to suffer with a cardiovascular disease, to attend a health check.

The check will calculate their estimated 10-year risk and suggest steps that can be taken to prevent the onset of cardiovascular conditions.

Robert Pears, consultant of public health at NHS Hampshire said: ‘People in Havant and Gosport are living shorter and less healthy lives compared with other areas but a health check, which takes only 20 minutes of your time, could help you on the path to a more active, healthier life.’