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Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to take up free health check

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to take up free health checks.

Around 45,000 Staffordshire residents were invited for a check-up from April 2012 to March 2013, but only half of them opted to take up the offer.

The NHS Health Check programme aims to reduce preventable deaths by spotting the early signs of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease so that people can get rapid treatment.

Robbie Marshall, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I would encourage everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 who is invited for a Health Check by their GP to take up the offer, as it is potentially a lifesaving opportunity for them.

“As a council we are committed to helping support people lead as healthy and independent a life as possible and the early pick-up of any illness is crucial to this. Prevention of an illness is always better than curing it.”

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2 Comments

  1. Cynic

    27th August, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    How easy is it to make an appointment?

    My experience is very hard – near impossible.

    My doc, when I need urgent help, give as near perfect service as you can expect.

    BUT when I try to make an appointment for a review – near impossible.

    I think it is so they can say – “no one has to wait for more than two days”.
    That’s probably true -on paper – because you can not book ahead!!

    A review – non urgent – can be done any time so we should be able to ask them to book us at any time – during office hours of course – but the tick boxes do not allow that!

  2. Cynic

    28th August, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    The person that gave the red mark – would you care to elaborate on which part you do not like – the fact my doc is near perfect or the part where the red tape is not?