Hampshire County Council aims to boost GP health checks

A NEW multi-million pound contract will aim to increase the number people who go for health checks at their GP.

Hampshire County Council has signed the £9m contract with health providers and want to see people aged 40 to 75 attending their reviews.

In particular, the local authority is targeting those at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, executive member for public health said: ‘We are responsible for ensuring residents aged 40 to 75 are invited for regular health reviews by their GP surgeries.

‘Currently just under half of those invited take up the offer of a check.

‘This is something we want to see improve, so through a new contract with GPs and other health providers, we are aiming to increase this.’

The council is working with Swan Medical Group in Petersfield to test ways of increasing participation. 

The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.