Derby City Council’s Livewell service offers free community NHS Health Checks for people aged 40 to 74 in Derby. The health check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes type 2, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.

The 30 minute check involves a few simple tests such as height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar to help people stay healthier for longer and reduce the risk of certain health conditions. The friendly Livewell team can help people find ways to prevent health problems, which could include 12 months of free support from Livewell, to lose weight or stop smoking. At the end of the check the client will be able to find out their risk score and their heart age.

Livewell Nurse taking blood pressure as part of NHS Health check.

To be eligible, people need to be aged 40 to 74 without a pre-existing condition, not have had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years and be registered to a Derby GP practice. If people have a doctor outside of the city they can contact their GP to arrange a Health Check.

Day and evening appointments are available at venues across the city.  People can check if they qualify and book an appointment at Appointments are still available before Christmas to get a Winter Health Check. Livewell advises people to get in early as January and February are likely to be very busy.

Listen to the Livewell team discuss the health check they did with Sally Pepper on Radio Derby here.

During Atrial Fibrillation Week (21 – 27 November 2016) there is a campaign to raise awareness of the condition. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke. In the UK, every 12 minutes someone has a stroke. An irregular pulse could be a sign of an abnormal heart rhythm. NHS Health checks also monitor your pulse rate to see if it is a regular rhythm.

To find out more about Atrial Fibrillation, visit the AF Association website.