Uptake of free health MOT has improved

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THE number of people taking up a free health check in Hampshire has increased again.

People aged 40 to 74 that do not have a known medical condition are invited to have the examination

Hampshire County Council said 55 per cent – 11,963 people – of those invited took up the offer, almost double the number this time last year.

The 20-minute check involves taking a person’s height, weight, blood pressure and lifestyle details, to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes, heart conditions, kidney disease, strokes and dementia.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, in charge of public health at the council, said: ‘More residents taking up their health check means that GPs can better support people to stay in good health and maintain their independence for longer.

‘I would urge anyone to take up this offer, the check is quick and easy, provided in your GP surgery and personal to you.

‘The NHS Health Check helps you to make changes to your lifestyle and reduce your risk of ill health.’