Learning Disability Annual Health Check
What is an Annual Health Check?
The Annual Health Check scheme is a free, yearly appointment with your doctor (GP) or Practice Nurse, usually near to where you live. In this appointment your doctor or nurse will ask you questions about how you keep yourself well and whether you need any extra help with this. With your consent they will also check your physical health such as your weight, heart rate and blood pressure. They may ask for a urine sample or a blood test and will also look at any medication that you take to make sure that this is still right for you.
The Annual Health Check is a really good time to ask your GP or nurse any questions or worries that you may have about your health.
Who can have one?
Anyone aged 14 and over who has a learning disability is entitled to have an Annual Health Check. You must be on your GP’s ‘Learning Disability Register’ to get an invite through the post. You can check with your GP if your name is on the register and ask to be added if your name is not on there already.
Why do I need an Annual Health Check?
It is important to stay well and look after yourself and be healthy.
Sometimes adults who have a learning disability have poorer physical and mental health than other people, but this shouldn’t always be the case.
Most health problems are simple to treat once you know about them. Your GP can help stop you getting a serious health condition. This is better than waiting until you're ill. Most people have their health check when they are feeling well.
The doctor or nurse can help you to plan how to keep being healthy and can give you information and advice about different things such as diet and exercise.
Do I have to have an Annual Health Check?
No, the Annual Health Check is voluntary so you can choose whether or not to have one.
More information about Annual Health Checks can be found on NHS Choices.