Many people do not realise the level of support and services that can be provided by their local pharmacy. At Esom Pharmacy we have a treatment room, consultation rooms and equipment to provide our customers with NHS Health Check support.
The NHS Health Check consists of a few simple tests that will give you a clearer picture of your risk of developing four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes. All the tests are simple to carry out, and there will be plenty of time to discuss the results afterwards.
The purpose of the Health Check is to make you better informed about your health, and for you to be able to take control of your health in the years ahead.
NHS Health Check takes around 20-30 minutes and will usually be divided into two parts:
1. Questions and health tests that will give a picture of your health.
2. A discussion of the results, including personalised advice and, if necessary, treatment to help you maintain or improve your health and lower your risk of these four diseases. Some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results.
All tests and subsequent discussions take place in private rooms.
During this discussion you will learn more about what your results mean. We willl talk about how your results are related to your risk of developing the four diseases.
You willl be given personalised advice on what you can do to lower your risk and maintain or improve your vascular health. That means a better chance of a longer, healthier life.
The correct action for you will depend on your results. You may receive advice on how to get more physical activity into your daily routine, cut down on alcohol or eat a healthier diet.
If you are at high risk, you may be offered relevant treatments. Statins, for example, are a medication that help to control cholesterol levels, and there are other medications that help to lower blood pressure when it is raised.