Patients urged to take checks

Health Matters: Rebecca Johnson of Lime Grove Medical Centre checks the heart rate of colleague Jane Fairlamb to promote the new NHS Free Health Check campaign.
Health Matters: Rebecca Johnson of Lime Grove Medical Centre checks the heart rate of colleague Jane Fairlamb to promote the new NHS Free Health Check campaign.

SURGERIES across the Dales are calling on patients to book health checks as part of a campaign to catch serious illnesses early.

Medical centres on Matlock’s Lime Grove, Darley Dale and Bakewell are urging people between the age of 40 and 74 to take the 30-minute checks which screen for early signs of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

Many of these illnesses don’t have any obvious symptoms, but can be prevented, controlled or even reversed.

Tony Morkane, associate of director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “NHS Health Checks give patients and their GPs a clearer picture of the risks so that early action can be taken.

“Even if you feel well it’s a good idea to be checked so that these common diseases are picked up before it’s too late.

“They will be given personalised advice on how to lower risk and improve their health through lifestyle changes or through prescribed treatment.”