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Bury ranks second highest in the north of England for NHS Health Checks

In March 2017, Public Health England announced that around half of Bury’s eligible population has had an NHS Health check to have their health assessed since 2013 – placing the borough second highest in the north of England for the programme.

This achievement has been made possible through the close working between Bury Council’s Public Health Team, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group and on the frontline due to the hard work of Bury’s GP Practices.

Local GP Practice teams have taken a proactive approach to identifying eligible patients, encouraging them to take up the offer of a Health Check and following up with patients who are found to be at high risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

The free NHS Health Check is designed to detect the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia in adults aged 40-74.

Year end figures for 2016/17 show that Bury’s uptake in the number of NHS Health Checks completed was 9,500, equating to 85% of those invited during the year.

In previous years, the programme identified over 2,000 patients to be at high risk of cardiovascular disease who thought they were previously healthy, and over three quarters of these patients went on to have an annual review in 2016/17 to keep a check on their health.

The 2016/17 checks have resulted in around 7,000 people being offered support to improve their health and wellbeing lifestyle choices. Patients have been referred to the Bury Lifestyle Service or Bury Exercise and Therapy Scheme (BEATS) for sometimes one or more lifestyle changes including weight loss or management, improving their diet, increasing activity or stop smoking support. The Health Check has detected over 800 new cases of high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, chronic kidney disease and high cholesterol.

Lesley Jones, Director of Public Health for Bury Council said, “We are pleased that so many of our residents are taking the opportunity to have their health assessed at an NHS Health Check. It is really important that those eligible do go to have one done. As well as providing information to help our residents to live healthier lives, the Health Check also contributes to reducing early avoidable death and long term poor health.”

Dr. Kiran Patel, local GP and Chair of NHS Bury CCG added, “As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk. I would like to thank our GP practices for their hard work and the patients who have had these checks. They have played a key role in Bury’s success.”

“This programme reflects our commitment to placing a greater emphasis on prevention and health promotion. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all those who have not yet had their check to respond positively when invited (for their check) or to ask your GP practice if you are due a check when you next contact them.”

Notes to Editor:

If you’re in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years.

Find out more about NHS Health Checks: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-health-check/Pages/NHS-Health-Check.aspx

ENDS

Date: 12th April 2017

FOR PRESS & MEDIA ENQUIRIES: contact NHS Bury CCG Communications team on 0161 762 3106 or email buccg.communications@nhs.net

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