Free health checks on offer for over 40s

Natalie Belt ps1243-32b'Health Trainers Shop Bridlington Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1243-32b
Natalie Belt ps1243-32b'Health Trainers Shop Bridlington Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1243-32b

RESIDENTS in Bridlington who are aged between 40 and 74 are being offered free health checks for such conditions as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Bridlington is one of three towns in the East Riding to have been selected for the free health checks scheme, which is a Humber NHS Foundation Trust initiative, as it is classed as one of the most deprived in the region.

The checks are also available to people aged between 40 and 74 who live in Withernsea and Goole and have not already been diagnosed with heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease.

Health trainer service manager Natalie Belt said: “It is due to these three towns being the most deprived in the East Riding.

“The project will possibly expand to all East Riding residents beyond April 2013 and we are also due to start clinics in Beverley towards the end of the month.”

And according to Ms Belt Bridlington South residents are more at risk of being diagnosed with a long term condition than those in the north of the town, while Bridlington as a whole has high levels of obesity, heart disease and smoking related illness.

“We also have one of the highest levels of alcohol dependency in the East Riding,” Ms Belt added.

The check is carried out by a lifestyle advisor and takes around 30 minutes. First there will be a few simple questions and some straightforward health tests to check for a persons risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease.

The lifestyle advisor will then conduct a full health check including cholesterol and blood pressure testing.

Once the check is complete the lifestyle advisor will talk through how people can make healthy choices and will offer advice and support straight away.

To book a health check call 0800 9177752, email healthtrainers@humber.nhs.uk or call into the Health Trainers shop on Quay Road.