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NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. 

If you would like a free NHS health Check - please telephone your surgery to make an appointment.

Health and wellbeing clinics

We have now re introduced the very popular health and well being clinics supported by St Albans District Council and Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group.

The clinics are free and appointments are 30 minutes long.

They are aimed at patients who are living with a long term health condition eg diabetes.

Come along to the appointment for:

Blood pressure check

Body composition analysis

Postural assessment

Health and wellbeing guidance

Local exercise programme information

Please ring your surgery to book an appointment - appointments available in Harpenden every other Friday morning. 

Adult vaccinations

Tetanus

 At the incidence time of a dirty or deep wound or burn, especially if treatment is delayed.

Influenza, Pneumococcal Vaccine

Over 65s, diabetics, those with chronic chest, heart, liver or kidney disease.

Breast Awareness and Mammography

Every woman should know how her breasts look and feel. A general check, for example whilst showering or bathing, every now and then is very sensible. If any lumps or other changes develop, they should be reported to your doctor without delay. From 50 to 64, all women should have a mammogram performed every three years and the surgery helps the NHS Breast Screening Service in this.

Please find details of the local screening programme below:

https://www.bhbss.nhs.uk/userhome.aspx?top=1

Pre-diabetes

Many people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes.

This is sometimes known as pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased.

It's very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes.

There is strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

The practice offers all patients who have been diagnosed with pre diabetes an annual review to discuss changes that patients can make to reduce the risk of developing the condition. 

For more information

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Preventing-Type-2-diabetes

https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk

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