Annual health checks are a really good way for 14-18 year olds to get to know their GP and familiarise themselves with the GP surgery to allay any fears, making it more likely that you will attend when something is wrong in the future. It's a great opportunity to ensure that you're on your GP's Learning Disability register and that your GP gets all the information that they need from your school nurse and /or paediatrician to support you into adulthood.
You need to know that from the age of 18, your GP will be responsible for your care instead of your Paediatric Consultant.
Annual health checks can also prevent unplanned hospital admissions by picking up conditions early, a typical annual health check will find between 2-5 conditions which in turn can reduce pain and challenging behaviour and improve your health and quality of life. So don't miss out, get checked out.
At your annual health check your GP will:
- Review your medication.
- Ask you general questions about your health.
- Take your blood pressure.
- Weight and measure your height.
- Check your ears for wax
- Make sure you are up to date with cancers screenings
- Take a blood and urine sample.
If you want to speak with someone about this service, you can contact Laura Platt the learning disability nurse in Stockport. She works for the community Learning Disability Team:
Telephone 0161 218 1220
For more information about the health check, watch this short film it’s really helpful – and fun to watch!