Importance of an NHS Health Check

You said...

Not enough people understand the importance of an NHS Health Check when they are invited to attend one

We did...

Many people told us that they and others do not always necessarily understand why they have been invited to a health check appointment by their GP, or why it is important to attend.

As a result, working with the NHS Health Checks Steering Group which is made up of representatives from Public Health at Blackpool Council and the CCG, we have developed a local awareness campaign aimed at patients who may not realise the letters they receive from GPs are an invite to attend the health check.

The aim was to increase the uptake of Health Checks which are essential checks that can tell you whether you’re at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • stroke

A report of the findings from our engagement on NHS Health Checks can be found here: NHS Health checks survey report (pdf | 0.4 MB)