Annual Health Checks

Annual Health Checks

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What is an Annual Health Check?

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Annual Health Checks are for people with a learning disability.

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An Annual Health Check is done by your doctor or a nurse once a year.

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It is there to help you stay healthy.

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You can get an Annual Health Check if you are aged 14 or older.

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Most people with a learning disability can get an Annual Health Check.

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Why is it good to have an Annual Health Check?

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You can talk to your doctor about anything you are worried about.

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You can get to know your doctor better.

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You can get ideas about how to be more healthy.

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If there is anything wrong then the doctor can sort it out before it gets worse.

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What happens at your Annual Health Check?

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A doctor or nurse from your surgery may:

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Check things about your body, like your heart and blood pressure.

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Ask about any medicines you are taking.

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Ask about the food you eat.

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Check your blood and your wee.

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Ask about how you are feeling.

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Top tips for your Annual Health Check

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You can bring someone with you if you like.

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Ask the doctor to explain anything you do not understand.

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Tell the doctor how you really feel, it will help them to help you.

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Take your time.

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You can say no if there is a part of the health check you do not want to do.

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Remember, your doctor is there to help you, so you do not need to feel worried.

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Health action plans

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Ask your doctor to give you a health action plan at your Annual Health Check

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A health action plan is written by you and your doctor.

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Your health action plan tells you the things you need to do to keep healthy.

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Like getting enough sleep or talking to someone when you feel worried.

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It says how you will get the support you need with your health.

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Like how your doctor can make sure your appointments are easy to understand.