Residents in Bridlington are to be offered free health checks following the success of a pilot scheme which has potentially already saved lives.
Up to 115,000 East Riding residents could be eligible for the free NHS health checks, which will assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.
Last year a pilot project carried out more than 7,000 NHS health checks for people living in the East Riding.
Everyone who received a NHS health check received advice and guidance on health and how to stay healthy for example by becoming more active or eating healthier.
More than 200 people were signposted to stop smoking services and 87 to weight management services.
In addition to this at least 37 people were prescribed medication to lower blood pressure or reduce high cholesterol and two people, with potentially life-threatening conditions which had previously not been detected, were able to be treated.
From April 2014 the checks are being rolled out across the East Riding at more than 40 locations, including GP practices, East Riding of Yorkshire Council leisure centres, pharmacies, hospitals and community centres.
The venues in Bridlington where the health checks are available are Boots at 9-13 Promenade, Bridlington; Boots at 41 The Promenade, Bridlington; Boots in Quay Road, Bridlington; Boots at the Field House Surgery in Bridlington;
Superdrug in King Street, Bridlington; the Health Trainer Shop in Quay Road, Bridlington; and Bridlington Sports Centre.
DR P A Harris and Partners at Practice 3, The Medical Centre in Bridlington will not be carrying out the checks as stated in this week’s Free Press.
The council’s public health service will be writing to offer the checks to people aged between 40 to 74 years, once every five years.
The checks will assess the risk of developing conditions from which people are more at risk if they suffer from things like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
By taking early action, it is possible to improve health and help prevent the onset of these conditions. Residents who are already seeing their GP for any of these conditions do not need to go for the check.
When people receive their invitation for a check they will get a list of available venues and will be able to choose a time and date to suit their needs.
The checks are quick and easy and should only take 20 to 30 minutes. They are based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, gender, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure cholesterol level.
Following the check, there will be personalised help and advice on simple lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference to staying healthy.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader and chair of the health and wellbeing board, said: “I cannot urge people strongly enough to take advantage of having a health check.
“Catching the early signs of conditions that may develop later in life means that steps can be taken at an early stage to prevent illness developing and simple changes to lifestyle can often have significant impact on living a longer, healthier life. It could be the most important 30 minutes spent in your life!”
For more information about this local programme, go to www.eastriding.gov.uk/health-checks.
The service is part of a national scheme, see www.healthcheck.nhs.uk for more information.