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Physical health checks for all!

EHMental health patients and their carers in Sandwell can now receive exclusive access to free physical health checks at Hallam Street Hospital, courtesy of a new initiative between our Trust and health and wellbeing service ‘Everyone Health Sandwell’.

In addition to supporting the Trust with smoking cessation clinics, the ‘Everyone Health’ service will provide patients, their carers and staff between the ages of 40 – 74 free NHS health checks designed to spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

Upon referral, clients can expect a lifestyle and family history assessment, in order to measure the risk level of developing any health problems, and will be given personalised advice so they can make informed decisions about their health.

According to NHS statistics, approximately seven million people in the UK are affected by the health conditions that are diagnosed within NHS Health Checks. Studies have also shown that people with severe mental illness have significantly higher rates of physical illness, which has a dramatic effect on life expectancy.

Occupational Therapy Lead for Hallam Street Hospital Kayleigh Gibbins states, “We are excited about working with Everyone Health in delivering NHS health checks to our patients, their carers and staff.

The Trust promotes the importance of looking after physical health as well as mental health, and find this initiative an excellent opportunity to support those who use our services and engage with them in a setting they are familiar with.”

The first health clinic will commence on Friday 14th June, and continues every Friday afternoon thereafter at the Resource Centre at Hallam Street Hospital. If successful, our Trust will look into potentially expanding the clinics to other localities across the Trust.

For more information or to book a free NHS health check in Sandwell, call Everyone Health on 03330 050 093.