More people attend free NHS check-ups

Toby Meredith (Media Porduction Manager, University of Portsmouth), Liz Hawes (Research Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust), and Simon Toh (Consultant Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust)

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THE number of people in Portsmouth getting their free NHS health check-up has increased by 32 per cent.

People aged 40 to 74 are invited every five years to attend the free NHS Health Check, by a letter in the post.

Local pharmacies and GPs assess the patient’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease and they give advice on how people can manage and maintain or improve their health in a way that fits in with their lives.

Interim Director of Public Health for Portsmouth Dr Andrew Mortimore said: ‘We’re pleased with the amount of people coming for their NHS Health Check so far.’

He added: ‘A 32 per cent increase in uptake is a fantastic achievement for three months’ of work, so we are on track to achieve a 50 per cent increase, if not more, by March 2013.’

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