Free NHS Health Check at Sutton Park Surgery
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
The NHS Health Check consists of a few simple tests that will give you and your GP or health professional a clearer picture of your risk of developing these common conditions. For more information please follow the link: What happens at NHS Health Check?
You'll then be given advice on what action you can take to lower your risk and improve your chances of a healthier life. For example, making changes to your diet or becoming more active.
If you're aged between 40 and 74 and haven't already been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke, you will be invited for your check at some time over the coming years. We will write to you enclosing a leaflet about the NHS Health Check programme and we will also ask you to complete a questionnaire about your alcohol and exercise habits which you should bring with you to your Health Check appointment.
Following your first check, you will be invited for another check every five years until you are over 74. If you are diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or have a stroke after your first or any subsequent NHS Health Checks, your condition will be managed as usual and you will not be sent another NHS Health Check invitation.
If your GP offers you any medical treatments after your NHS Health Check, such as medicines to lower your blood pressure, your progress on those medications will be monitored by your GP.
If you’re concerned about your health currently, please don't wait until your NHS Health Check to do something about it. Go to your GP as you would normally.
The Practice questionnaire given out to patients was created by the members of our Patient Participation Group. The questions & results from last years survey were discussed in detail to help them to create an appropriate survey to address key areas of the Surgery & its services.
The questionnaires were distributed over a 3 week period covering the end of January and the beginning of February 2014. The results were collated and verified independently by some members of the group and the results discussed by the members of the group at the meeting on 17th February 2014 and an action plan agreed with all members.
This year’s Practice Questionnaire was devised for the 2nd year by the members of our Patient Participation Group. The questions and results and actions from last year’s survey were discussed, reviewed, and updated where appropriate. Additional questions regarding services were agreed and included.
Questionnaires were distributed by clinical staff over a two week period covering the end of January and the beginning of February 2013. The results were then collated and verified independently by several members of the PPG and discussed at our meeting on 25th February 2013 and an action plan agreed by all members.
When a patient fails to attend a booked GP or nurse appointment (routine or urgent) this is called a DNA (“did not attend”). The practice regularly audits the level of DNAs.
Over the four week period 11th June to 11th July, 66 patients failed to attend their booked appointments which is equivalent to 11 hours of GP and nurse time that could have been made available to other patients.
This may be one of the reasons why you may have had to wait longer to book an appointment. We ask patients to please get in touch with the surgery as soon as possible if you find that you no longer need your appointment.