Free health checks for Leicestershire residents

The county council is encouraging 40 to 74-year-olds in Leicestershire to take up the opportunity of having free NHS health checks.

The tests can reduce the risk of developing conditions later in life such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.

The health checks are free, take less than half an hour, and will help people understand the chances of getting health problems as they get older.

People receiving a letter will find out how to book an appointment, or alternatively, they can request the check by contacting their GP surgery.

The council believes the NHS health check programme in Leicestershire has the potential to prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes, 4,000 cases of diabetes, as well as helping to detect a further 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease.

Pam Posnett, county council cabinet member for health, said: “By taking action now, a short visit to your GP could ensure you enjoy a healthier life for longer by lowering your risk of developing serious health problems later on.”

For more information on what you can expect from an NHS health check, visit
www.leicestershire.gov.uk/healthchecks