Council foots bill for assessing risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia

This Is Wiltshire: Maggie Rae, corporate director at Wiltshire Council, says NHS health checks can identify risks people may face in the long term Maggie Rae, corporate director at Wiltshire Council, says NHS health checks can identify risks people may face in the long term

Wiltshire residents aged between 40 and 74 will be invited to make an appointment for a free NHS health check from their GP practice.

The checks, paid for by Wiltshire Council, will assess a person’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia in the next ten years, by looking at age, sex, family history, height, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

In the past two years, more than 30,000 people in Wiltshire have had a free health check and a further 30,000 people will be invited each year to the cardiovascular disease risk assessment.

Invites will go out every five years, when people are 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 or 74.

Maggie Rae, corporate director at Wiltshire Council, said: “People may feel healthy now, but they could be at risk in the future.

"An NHS health check will take just 20 minutes of your time, every five years, and could prevent you developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or dementia.”

Following the NHS health check people are taken through the results and told what they mean.

If required, they are given advice and support on how to lower their risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle. These could include stopping smoking, losing weight, increasing exercise, or prescribed medication.

The checks also play an important part in detecting undiagnosed disease earlier.

Dr Celia Grummitt, a GP at Cross Plain surgery in Bulford, said: “People who attend are finding the NHS health checks very helpful and a good opportunity to find out more about how to live longer healthier lives.”

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health, said: “I would encourage everyone that receives an invitation to make an appointment.

"NHS health checks are free, quick and help to prevent ill health or an early death.

“A range of lifestyle services are available in Wiltshire which complement NHS health checks, these include stop smoking services, weight management services, Active Health physical activity programmes and health trainers.”

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1:21am Wed 22 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

I do not understand why Wilts Council is saying it will "foot the bill" for a Service that IS (or should be....) available on the NHS ?.
We all need to find out if it is infact yet another Service "offered free" by Wiltshire Council that they actually CLAIM & GET BACK from "Captain Dave" in the way of Grant Funding..
Or...has Wiltshire Council ALREADY had the "dosh from dave" ?
Will Wilts Council be paying the Surgeries for these Early Prevention Tests and more importantly, will they be paid per Examination carried out or will it all be 'lump sum" funded by Westminster ?
The Article "headline" makes Wilts Council look like they are being "generous" and it would be good to know what, if anything, "is in it" for them ?
It would also be welcomed if Wilts Council took another look at the Waiting Lists they have of all the Elderly,Disabled and Vulnerable Residents of all ages in Wiltshire who are still "waiting to hear back" from the Council for Assessments and Support Services ?,

For some of these, "prevention" IS too late and, sadly, the Support that Wilts Council "say" they will provide is not forthcoming and possibly because the Council "piggy bank" is empty ?
I just simply cannot understand why Wilts Council is seemingly now turning themselves into "physicians"...
It is our GP Surgeries who do all the hard work and NOT the Leader and Corporate Officers at Wiltshire Council..
Please Wiltshire Council could you start sending out Community Nurse Teams to Residents who have come out of Hospital and find themselves strugglling alone because your Social Services Department do NOT comply with Duty of Care ?
I do not understand why Wilts Council is saying it will "foot the bill" for a Service that IS (or should be....) available on the NHS ?. We all need to find out if it is infact yet another Service "offered free" by Wiltshire Council that they actually CLAIM & GET BACK from "Captain Dave" in the way of Grant Funding.. Or...has Wiltshire Council ALREADY had the "dosh from dave" ? Will Wilts Council be paying the Surgeries for these Early Prevention Tests and more importantly, will they be paid per Examination carried out or will it all be 'lump sum" funded by Westminster ? The Article "headline" makes Wilts Council look like they are being "generous" and it would be good to know what, if anything, "is in it" for them ? It would also be welcomed if Wilts Council took another look at the Waiting Lists they have of all the Elderly,Disabled and Vulnerable Residents of all ages in Wiltshire who are still "waiting to hear back" from the Council for Assessments and Support Services ?, For some of these, "prevention" IS too late and, sadly, the Support that Wilts Council "say" they will provide is not forthcoming and possibly because the Council "piggy bank" is empty ? I just simply cannot understand why Wilts Council is seemingly now turning themselves into "physicians"... It is our GP Surgeries who do all the hard work and NOT the Leader and Corporate Officers at Wiltshire Council.. Please Wiltshire Council could you start sending out Community Nurse Teams to Residents who have come out of Hospital and find themselves strugglling alone because your Social Services Department do NOT comply with Duty of Care ? brasstacks
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9:19am Thu 23 Jan 14

the optimist says...

Wiltshire Council should stick to doing what they are required to do by statute, like mending roads & collecting rubbish.

They should stop messing about with the rest of our lives.

If that happened then would get a massive reduction in Council Tax?
Wiltshire Council should stick to doing what they are required to do by statute, like mending roads & collecting rubbish. They should stop messing about with the rest of our lives. If that happened then would get a massive reduction in Council Tax? the optimist
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