YOUNG people aged 14 and over with learning disabilities in Warwickshire are eligible for a free annual health check.
The health check, provided by the NHS, is a chance for a parent and their child to discuss any health or well-being concerns with a GP or nurse. It also allows GPs to detect and treat potential health issues at an early stage.
This proactive approach helps young people acquire new skills for self-care, fostering their independence and enabling them to lead happier, healthier lives.
Warwickshire County Council’s health spokesperson, Coun Margaret Bell, said: “Every individual aged 14 or above with a learning disability is entitled to a free annual health check. This check can enhance a young person’s health by identifying problems early on. It empowers them to learn effective self-care methods, fostering their independence and enabling them to lead happier, healthier lives.”
During the check-up, the young person’s doctor will assess their weight, height, and blood pressure while discussing any existing or new health concerns. Following the check-up, the young person will receive a health action plan, providing reminders on how to maintain good health. It may also include details regarding further tests or necessary treatments.
Tracy Pilcher, Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board’s chief nursing officer, added: “The earlier potential health issues are detected, the more likely treatment is to be successful – so regular health check-ups are extremely important. Young people are also at a time in life where they are going through physical and mental changes, and your doctor can provide advice and support with managing health and wellbeing during the transition into adulthood.
“It is particularly important for those with a learning disability to be proactive with their health as they are more likely to experience long-term health challenges. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to book their annual health check and take control over their health and wellbeing.”
To receive an invitation for a health check, the young person must be registered on their GP’s learning disability register. Contact the child’s GP surgery to schedule an appointment.