Take offer of a health check invite

Northumberland residents are being encouraged to take up their NHS health check when they are invited.

The free check is part of a new national scheme to help prevent the onset of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, dementia and other serious health conditions.

The conditions can often not show any symptoms at the early stages and only become apparent when they cause complications.

Early detection and early treatment is important to help reduce the risk of developing long-term health problems.

The check is aimed at residents aged between 40 and 74 and should take less than 20 minutes.

It will look at lifestyle, family medical history, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

NHS health checks are available at all GP surgeries in Northumberland, and if residents fit the eligibility criteria and are registered with a GP in the county, they will then be invited in to have an assessment.

It is unlikely that there will be anything wrong, but if there is a problem residents will be given plenty of help and advice.

The check-ups take place on a five-year rolling programme so an appointment letter may not be sent out straight away, but patients can also talk to their medical practice directly to request an appointment.