Book an annual check and safeguard your own health

A GP carries out a health check. Picture: Denise Bradley

A GP carries out a health check. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: EDP, Archant

People with learning disabilities and their carers are being urged to make sure they visit their GP for an annual health check as part of a new national campaign which aims to improve access to care.

The NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding anyone who is aged 14 or over and has a learning disability to take up the chance for a free check at their doctor's surgery each year.

During the check, the GP will check a patient's weight, heart rate and blood pressure. They will also review any medication the patient is taking and make sure they are successfully managing any long-term conditions they may have, such as asthma or diabetes.

It comes as Mencap and NHS England launch a new campaign called 'don't miss out', which encourages people to tell their doctor if they have a learning disability so that they can be added to a register which shows they may need extra support and advice.

For more information about the Mencap campaign, visit www.mencap.org.uk/dontmissout

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