NHS England have translated one of their main health campaigns into BSL. This is a huge development.
The campaign – called The Free NHS Health Check – is now accessible to Deaf people.
The Free NHS Health Check… What is it?
- The aim of the health check is to help people understand their own risk of developing serious illness, and how to lower it.
- The health check focuses on the heart, and four main conditions linked to the heart: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
- You have to be aged between 40 and 74 to have the health check.
- The health check, and any follow-up appointments, are free.
What happens at your health check?
- The doctor will ask you questions about your health, and your family’s health.
- You will have your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and BMI checked.
- You will be given information about how healthy your heart is, and if your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease is high or low.
- You will be given advice about how to become healthier, for example, improving your diet and exercising more.
- If you are over 65 years old, you will also be given information about dementia and memory loss services.