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Free NHS health checks can save up to 650 lives a year

Herefordshire Council is encouraging residents aged between 40 and 70 to have a free NHS health check.

All residents aged between 40 and 70 will automatically be invited for an NHS health check every five years and the council’s public health team is urging everyone to accept the offer and make an appointment with their doctor.

4,075 residents across Herefordshire have been invited for an NHS health check this year, however only 1,659 or 40% have actually accepted the offer.

Elizabeth Shassere, Herefordshire Council’s director of public health, said: “We all have some risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and certain forms of dementia, which is why we are encouraging residents to have an NHS health check.  It’s a straight forward process which only takes 20 to 30 minutes, but it can help you understand your risk of developing these common, but preventable diseases, by detecting any signs in the early stages.”

“The health checks will be targeting the top seven causes of preventable death, which are high blood pressure, cholesterol, poor diet, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.  If you are invited for a free health check, please accept it as it can help you to take action to improve your health and reduce your risk.”

To find out more about NHS health checks, please visit the NHS Choices website.