Have a health check

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Your Views -

RUN­CORN res­i­dents aged over 40 soon be able to pop have gen­eral health check­ups in ad­di­tion to for their eyes at an op­ti­cians branch in the town Spec­savers for a check-up on their gen­eral health.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s health im­prove­ment team (HIT) has joined forces with Spec­savers so free NHS health check ap­point­ments can be of­fered once a week in store.

A spokeswoman for the lo­cal author­ity said the ser­vice at the Run­corn Shop­ping City branch will be run by Stephen Pur­cell, a HIT health check of­fi­cer, who will ask sim­ple ques­tions about life­style and fam­ily his­tory, mea­sure height and weight, mon­i­tor blood pres­sure and carry out blood tests in or­der to ad­vise pa­tients on health is­sues such as heart dis­ease, strokes, kid­ney dis­ease, and di­a­betes.

Those who use the ser­vice will re­ceive per­son­alised ad­vice to re­duce health risks such as re­lat­ing to diet and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, low­er­ing blood pres­sure or choles­terol and how to lose weight or stop smok­ing.

The spokeswoman said ap­point­ments will of­fi­cially be­gin on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, and will run ev­ery Thurs­day be­tween 9.30am and 3pm at the Run­corn Spec­savers store, with 10 slots a week avail­able.

Chris Gra­ham, Run­corn Spec­savers store di­rec­tor, said: “We be­lieve there’s a real need for this kind of ser­vice in Run­corn and are pleased to be able to pro­vide such a high qual­ity, allinclu­sive of­fer­ing to our cus­tomers.

“The Run­corn store al­ready pro­vides thor­ough and pro­fes­sional eye and ear care, and as we move closer to win­ter, now is the per­fect time for peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of the ex­tended gen­eral health ser­vices.’

Cllr Marie Wright, said: “For those aged 40-74 who haven’t al­ready suf­fered from a stroke, heart dis­ease, di­a­betes or kid­ney dis­ease, we rec­om­mend an NHS health check ev­ery five years.

“There’s cur­rently around 13,000 peo­ple in Hal­ton with un­di­ag­nosed high blood pres­sure.

“Part­ner­ing with re­tail­ers en­ables us to reach more res­i­dents than just through GPs and gives peo­ple a more flex­i­ble way of ac­cess­ing an NHS health check as well as other lo­cal health and well­be­ing ser­vices.

“We’re pleased to work with Spec­savers on this ini­tia­tive and look for­ward to get­ting the ser­vice fully up and run­ning.”

Res­i­dents can find out if they are el­i­gi­ble for an NHS health check by fill­ing in a ques­tion­naire and book­ing an ap­point­ment di­rectly with the store.

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