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Parents and carers of young people aged from 14 to 25 with learning disabilities are being encouraged to make sure they undergo an annual health check with their GP.

Annual health checks can help ensure they stay fit and enjoy good mental wellbeing, as well as identifying any problems early so they can be treated more quickly.

Every parent or carer of a young person aged 14-25 with a learning disability is being encouraged to make them an appointment for a free, yearly health check at their local surgery.

The check offers a thorough assessment of their wellbeing including checking weight, heart and blood pressure and taking blood and urine samples.

There will be an opportunity to check on any ongoing health issues, such as diabetes or asthma, as well as talk over any physical or mental wellbeing concerns, so they can be referred to other organisations for help and support.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Parent Carer Network said: “Annual health checks, when done well, are a good way for our young people to learn about their own health, how to stay well and what to look out for, and expect, when they aren’t well.

“As people with learning disabilities are currently dying, on average, up to 29 years younger than the rest of us, these health checks will go a long way to improving the healthcare they need.”

GP practices issue annual invitations to participate in health checks, which are available for people of all ages with learning disabilities, but appointments can be booked at any time.
 

published on 26/10/2018

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