NHS Health Checks: Winning Awards and Saving Lives

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Public Health at Bracknell Forest Council are pleased to announce the latest winner of the “Best Performer” award for NHS Health Checks. The award has gone to Crown Wood Medical Centre in Bracknell. The practice had a busy summer, carrying out 353 health checks between July and September this year.

The NHS Health Check is for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74. Those having a check are given a range of simple medical tests, which in turn tell them their own risk of developing serious illness such as heart diease or stroke. This is followed up with advice on how this risk can be reduced and referral to healthy lifestyle initiatives to help make lifestyle changes.

Dr Rao, at Crown Wood Medical Center told us:
“Crown Wood Medical Centre has been a part of the NHS Health Checks programme since May this year. Through the programme we have made a number of new diagnoses of hypertension and identified some patients with diabetes. These cases would not have been picked up routinely as the patients were previously unaware of these conditions. I see this as an excellent example of a public health programme that helps me, as a GP, to identify patients earlier so I can help them to manage their conditions more effectively.”

One of Dr. Rao’s patients a 50 year old man told us how his NHS Health Check changed his life:

“My doctor gave me a full NHS Health Check, a full range of tests including blood pressure, cholesterol and others. He found my cholesterol was too high, and it also emerged that I had Type II Diabetes. It was frightening at first, but it put things into perspective for me. I now knew why I had been feeling tired and experiencing other symptoms. I had actually been putting that down to me just getting older, but now I know the real cause! The Health Check has allowed me to take action. I am now taking medication as well as making changes to my lifestyle, such as my diet and exercise. I’ve also been going to education sessions that are helping me learn about the possible complications of my condition and how I can stay healthy. I would advise others to get an NHS Health Check. It can bring things to light that you can then do something about.”

The delivery of NHS Health Checks across Bracknell Forest has increased significantly from earlier in the year, with the total number of checks in quarter two being well over three times the total delivered in quarter one (April to May).

The photograph shows Dr Venkata Rao receiving the certificate on behalf of the practice from Claire D’Cruz, Health Checks Lead, from the Bracknell Forest Public Health team. Also present were (back row) Vijaya Mallipeddi, Practice Manager, Angela Drakes, Receptionist, (front row) Audrey Leahy, Practice Nurse and Dr Lisa McNally, Consultant in Public Health.