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About Your Annual Health Check

Health checks for people with learning disabilities and their families

How does it help?

People with learning disabilities can sometimes get really poorly when they are ill.

A yearly health check helps your Doctor or Nurse understand your health. By knowing how you usually are, they can spot any problems early.

It’s always best to find problems early so they can be treated and you can stay well.

This video helps to explain this.

How to book your appointment

You or whoever helps you can book by phoning us. Our number is 0191 285 1119, and we are open today from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Or, if you use the NHS App on your phone, you can book your appointment using the app.

Your parent, partner or carer can help you book your appointment.

If we can do anything to make your appointment easier, like more time or coming in when it is quiet, you can let us know when you book. We will always help if we can.

What happens when you arrive?

The first thing to do is let us know you have arrived. You can use our computer check-in screen or speak to a Receptionist. If someone is with you, they can do this for you.

If there is anything we can do to make your visit easier – like somewhere quiet to wait, knowing if the Doctor or Nurse is running late or which room to go to, please let us know. We can note your needs on our records, so we will always know when you come in.

When it’s time for your appointment, your name will come up on the waiting room screen, along with which room to go to. Let one of the team know if you need help finding or getting to the room.

What happens at your appointment?

The Doctor or Nurse will ask you questions about your health. Your parent or carer can help you answer. The appointment will last about 40 minutes.

Here are some things the Doctor or Nurse might ask you about:

• Any medicine you take
• If you smoke
• If you drink alcohol
• What sorts of things you eat
• Any exercise you do
• Looking after your teeth and going to the dentist
• Having your eyes tested at the opticians

And some things the Doctor or Nurse might ask you to do:
• Stand on scales to be weighed
• Have your height measured
• Have your blood pressure taken by a blow-up cuff being put on your arm
• Have a small sample of blood taken with a needle
• Give a urine (wee) sample

The Doctor or Nurse should explain what they are asking you to do and check you are happy to do it. You can say no or stop at any time.

These two documents can help you get ready for your health check.

What happens after?

If everything is fine, you can return for another check next year.

Remember, if you get ill before your next health check, please don’t wait – get in touch with us as soon as possible.

If your Doctor or Nurse notices any problems, they might suggest you make an appointment with someone else who can help.

This might be for tests, treatment or someone who can offer you and your family extra support.

One of these people could be a Social Prescribing Link Worker or SPLW.

SPLWs help people to live as independently and happily as possible. They can offer advice on benefits, support packages, respite care or equipment to help you.

Social Prescribers will talk to you about your life and things you like to do, help you find groups and activities you will enjoy, and give you the support you need.

Another person might be a Health and Wellbeing Coach, or HWBC. They are experts in helping you lead a healthy life.

You can talk to them about difficult things or changes you would like to make. They can help you eat the right things and get active to keep you fit and well.

If you have a health action plan or health passport, we can make sure the information is up to date and that all your needs and preferences are on your patient record.

That way, when you next come for a health check or use another NHS service, the staff will know how to help you.

Easy Read Health Guides

We’ve collected these easy read guides. They cover a range of subjects from keeping you healthy to supporting you to be independent.

Click or tap each button to read more.