Thousands take up health checks

Thousands of East Sussex residents have taken advantage of potentially life-saving health checks, according to latest figures.

The free NHS Health Check is a mid-life MOT which aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease and checks are offered to adults aged between 40 and 74.

A total of 14,569 people in East Sussex have had their Health Check so far this year, 23 per cent more than the same period last year. More than half of those offered the health check in East Sussex – 53 per cent - have taken up their offer, higher than the national average of around 48 per cent. Cynthia Lyons, acting director of public health at East Sussex County Council, said: “We’re really pleased with the latest figures for East Sussex both for the number of health checks being offered and then carried out. But together with our GP partners we want to make sure that everyone who could benefit from an NHS Health Check takes up their offer.”

Taking around 20 minutes, a health check can lower the risk of developing a range of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Visit www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck.