Free health checks at Aylesbury library

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Free NHS health checks aiming to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease are being offered this month at Aylesbury library.

The offer will complement the NHS Health Checks programme offered through GP Practices across the county.

No appointment is necessary for the checks in the libraries, which will take around 20 minutes to complete and are aimed at people aged between 40 and 74 who haven’t been diagnosed with any of these conditions.

Men are particularly encouraged to attend because their risk of heart disease and stroke is much higher than for women.

The checks will include questions on health and diet and a simple finger-prick cholesterol test while height, weight and blood pressure measurements will be taken.

They will all be carried out by trained staff who will provide advice and support on maintaining good health and on lifestyle changes that can help people improve their health.

The checks run at Aylesbury Library on November 11 until November 29.

Patricia Birchley, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “NHS Health Checks are key to improving health in Buckinghamshire.

“More than 28,000 residents have had a check so far by making an appointment when contacted by their GP, but certain groups are less likely to attend when invited, and these community checks are being set up to help tackle this issue.

“I’d like to stress, though, that the usual way to have the NHS health check is to make an appointment when invited by your GP.”

For further details of times, go to the county council website or ring the library service on 0845 230 3232.