A health check is an examination of your current state of health, which can be carried out by one of our GP’s.
From the moment we are born, and even before, we undergo a variety of tests to ensure we are on the right track to good health. As we get older, many of us become more vulnerable to illness. In order to reduce this risk, a number of health checks or screening tests are recommended at different stages of our lives.
The aim of a health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of health issues. It’s like getting your car serviced before it breaks down. It’s better to avoid disease than to treat it. Although some checks can be uncomfortable, they provide your GP or specialist with an opportunity to look at your lifestyle, medical history and family history to find out if you’re at risk.
Having a regular doctor or practice has several advantages. Most importantly, you will build a relationship over time and are more likely to feel comfortable talking openly. Also, your doctor will get to know you and understand your health needs and concerns. By having a regular doctor or practice, your medical history stays in the one place, and is more likely to be kept up to date.
A health check generally involves:
- updating your medical history and examining your health issues
- performing tests if required
- a follow up of any problems identified
- advice and information on how to improve your health.
There are a number of health checks recommended at different stages of life.
When you book your appointment please let our reception team know if you would like to schedule a routine health check so the appropriate time can be allocated.