Free health checks for North Lincolnshire residents

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A free health check for North Lincolnshire residents will run across the region over the next three months.

The checks, carried out by North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, will take place at health centres across the region including two in Epworth, one in Crowle and one in Wroot.

Millions of people have already had their free health check with a chance for people to – don’t miss out on your chance to help prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

If you live in North Lincolnshire, are aged between 40 and 74, and do not have a pre-existing health condition (like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes), then you can book yourself in for a free midlife MOT.

A spokeswoman for the Trust said: “As we get older we have a higher risk of developing something dangerous like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. Your NHS health check can spot the early signs and help prevent these conditions.

“The sessions are held at convenient locations out in the community rather than in a traditional health setting. Venues include leisure centres, community centres, libraries, working men’s clubs and at places of work. They are held on a drop-in basis but appointments are also available. To book your free health check call 01724 292170.”

During the health check a nurse will measure your blood pressure, pulse, weight and height, cholesterol, waist measurement, bmi and asks you a series of lifestyle questions about your activity levels and diet. You are then given a score for your risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years and offered advice and support for preventing this.

Health checks co-ordinator, Vicky Smith, said: “By carrying out these basic checks it helps us spot people who could have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. Not only do we do all the tests on the day but you get your results there and then with an explanation as to what they mean.”

The health checks nurse can refer people to other services including the health trainers and GPs. They can also signpost to other services that might be useful.

North Lincolnshire Councillor Rob Waltham, Health and Wellbeing Board Chairman, said: “It’s important that people get their health checked as it could identify any potential health risks. If they then follow the advice of the health professionals it could improve people’s chances of living a healthier life.

“The check only takes about 30 minutes and it could make a difference to your life. We hold regular drop-in sessions, so make sure you get your health checked.”

You can make an appointment for a health check or you can drop-in to one of the forthcoming sessions (10am to 4pm unless otherwise stated):

Tuesday May 20: Central library, Scunthorpe, 10am to 3.30pm

Wednesday May 28: Brigg Resource Centre

Friday May 30: Church Square, Scunthorpe

Thursday June 5: ‘Living Well’ event in Brigg Market Place

Friday June 6: Forest Pines, Broughton

Friday June 13: Epworth Clinic

Saturday June 14: ‘Living Well’ event, Crowle, 10am to 1pm

Friday July 4: Crowle Hub (library)

Friday July 11: Epworth Clinic

Sat July 12 - Wroot Feast, 11am - 3pm

Thursday July 17 - Tesco Extra Scunthorpe (mobile bus)

Friday June 27: Ashby Link, 10am to 4pm.

When further dates are arranged they will be posted on the Trust website at http://www.nlg.nhs.uk/services/health-checks-team.