Health Checks

Health Check 

 

The Health and well-being agenda is about you taking charge of your health (physical, mental, psychological, social,sexual, environmental and spiritual) and making it as good as it can be. Our Health and Lifestyle check assessment is a start on that journey; it will provide a picture of how you have lived your life and where lifestyle changes could be made in order to maximise your chances of a long and healthy life.

 

Once an appointment has been made for a Health Check, we will inform you of who will be completing your health check.  We will arrive at your home about 10 minutes before the the time given, to allow yourself, to be calm and relaxed prior to your appointment.

 

Completion of a Health Profile Questionnaire –   It is best that this is completed and returned to us before your appointment as it will be reviewed and form the basis for your first of two discussions with the Nurse.

 

Personal discussions with the Nurse (1st) – Provides an opportunity to say how you feel about your health and receive feedback from the Nurse regarding the analysis of your completed health profile questionnaire.

 

Weight and Height Readings Indicate how ‘proportioned’ a person is by comparing the readings in relation to the rest of the  general public.

 

Body Mass Index (BMI) (weight in kg divided by height in m2)- This is an indicator of the percentage of body fat that one has, which, is differs between men and women).

This has been used by Nurses and Doctors to determine if a person is ‘under weight’ to ‘obese’; the reading gives an indication as to how much of the body-mass is fat and how much is muscle and bone. This is important because we already know that an ideal BMI is between 18% to 25%, too much over can indicate an increased risk of developing some cancers, heart conditions and diabetes.  However given that bone and muscle is heavier than fat, it must remain in its proper perspective that, it is just one more aspect that needs to be considered in our health profiling of you.

 

Blood Pressure – This is an indicator of the rate/pressure at which blood is being pumped around your body: unchecked this can cause damage to vital organs such as the heart (which will enlarge and eventually become not as strong or able to do its) and kidneys (which will become damaged); sufferers may or may not have symptoms.  Raised blood pressure can be managed very well by lifestyle changes alone (e.g. reducing stress and dietary changes) or if required your GP may choose prescribed medication.

 

Blood sugar testing – Testing for the amount of sugar in the blood indicates the body’s ability to use the hormone called insulin to turn sugar into energy. there are different types of diabetes, however, Diabetes is on the increase (UK) and causes immense damage if it goes undetected; once identified it is a condition which can be managed and treated extremely well.  Research in this area has made many significant advances.  (drops of blood is taken from a small finger-prick)

 

Cholesterol – we provide the ratio of the different fats because by now many of us appreciate that there are ‘good’ fats and ‘bad’ fats; most of the brain is made up of fat; we cannot live without some fats  in our body as it is needed to absorb some vital minerals and vitamins. Therefore any cholesterol readings need to say the proportion in which the fats exists in the body.  reducing high cholesterol can be managed by lifestyle changes alone ( for example reduce alcohol intake, regular exercise, stopping smoking).  Should lifestyle changes not have the desired effect in reducing a raised cholesterol level, your GP may choose to prescribed medication.  

 

Urinalysis (Dipstick)  This  gives a general profile of activities surrounding the kidneys, liver and blood;  for example this test can show presence of infection, raised blood sugar levels, haemolytic anaemia, raised blood pressure and more.  This test is simple and pain free.  It requires only a small sample of (mid stream) urine which has been collected in a sterile container. Some medication (tetracycline) and foods (cranberries) can alter the outcome of some of the reading from this test.

Personal discussions with a Nurse  (2nd) – Provides an opportunity to say how you feel about your completed health check results and any changes that you would like to make.

With your permission we can forward a copy of your report to your GP (if you so wish).

Any follow up appointments can be made at the end of the Nurse’s discussion.

Costs: pricing is economical and competitive, for example, an individual test can start from as little as £30.