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At your NHS Health Check you’ll have a few simple tests to check your risk of:

If you’re over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

How to prepare for your NHS Health Check

You won’t usually need to prepare for your NHS Health Check – particularly if you have it while out and about, say, at your local gym or leisure centre.

But if you have a booked appointment for your Health Check, check in advance whether you need to do anything to prepare. Your invitation letter should give you all the information you need.

On the day of your NHS Health Check

The Check itself is carried out by a health professional. This will usually be a nurse, but it could also be a doctor, pharmacist or healthcare assistant. The entire process takes about 20-30 minutes.

You will be asked some simple questions, including:

  • whether any of your close relatives have had the illnesses being checked for
  • if and how much you smoke
  • how much alcohol you drink, if any
  • what your diet is like
  • how much physical activity you do

Your weight and height will be measured to work out your body mass index (BMI).

Your waist may also be measured using a tape measure.

Your age, gender and ethnicity will be noted.

Your blood pressure will be taken using a cuff fitted over your upper arm – find out what happens during a blood pressure test.

You will have a small prick of blood taken from your finger to check your cholesterol level and possibly also your blood sugar level. Learn more about what happens during a cholesterol test.

From April 2014, all GP Practices in the UK are required to provide all their patients aged 75 and over with a named GP who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to them.

You will be informed of your named GP by letter, while this GP will have overall responsibility for the care and support provided by the surgery, you are entitled to see any GP in the practice.

From 1 January 2015, you are also eligible for a free NHS Healthcheck with a Practice Nurse.

This NHS Health Check is a new initiative to improve overall health and wellbeing in the community. Its aim is to improve the care and support given to the over 75’s population. Dr Mahbub’s Surgery is very supportive of the scheme and will provide health checks to improve early diagnosis and health screening.

Home visits or attendance at the surgery will be undertaken by appointment with a Nurse or Health Care Assistant. This will provide assessment and screening of your health and social care issues based on questions and measurements. Following this you will receive personalised advice and if a needed, onward referral or signposting to appropriate support services.

You will be sent an invite to have a Health Check, which you will need to respond to. Once we have received your reply, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time to visit.

Dr Mahbub’s Surgery offers a well woman clinic, where you may be seen by a female doctor or practice nurse. The well woman clinic will often provide advice on:

They may also provide emergency contraception.

You can also discuss your general health and have your urine, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure checked.

Some local hospitals also run well woman clinics. To use these, you don’t need a referral from your GP, and an appointment isn’t always needed. Ring your GP surgery for information.

If neither your GP surgery nor local hospital runs a well woman clinic, many practice nurses are able to give breast awareness advice, do cervical smears, and provide information and advice on contraception and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

There are also private health organisations that run well woman clinics, carrying out extensive health checks for women for a fee. You can find details of these in your local phone book or online.

A well man clinic is not a replacement for your GP. If you are ill or need medical advice, see your GP.

What health checks do well man clinics offer?

The range of tests and health checks may vary between clinics, but any of the following may be assessed:

  • your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking
  • medical history
  • weight and height
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • a urine test for diabetes or kidney infection
  • hearing and vision
  • lung function
  • an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check for heart problems
  • a chest X-ray, if you’re a heavy smoker

Read the answers to more questions about men’s health.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity.
Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats.
These signals are recorded by a machine and are looked at by a doctor to see if they’re unusual.
An ECG may be requested by a heart specialist (cardiologist) or any doctor who thinks you might have a problem with your heart, including your GP.

There are several different ways an ECG can be carried out. Generally, the test involves attaching a number of small, sticky sensors called electrodes to your arms, legs and chest. These are connected by wires to an ECG recording machine.

Dr Mahbub’s surgery offers chronic disease monitoring to all of our patients who suffer from one or a combination of the following illnesses:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, history of stroke…)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Primary prevention (pre diabetes)

When you are invited for your review you should bring your inhalers with you (in case of asthma and COPD) so your technique can be assessed. Different inhalers are inhaled using different techniques depending on their ingredients.

You might also be asked to have a blood test (especially if suffering from diabetes and heart disease) in order to establish your current values of blood sugar and cholesterol.

When you see either a doctor or a nurse for your review, you will be asked a number of questions and we might need to take a number of measurements (mainly weight, height, blood pressure, pulse, peak flow) so we can establish if your lifestyle and medication are working well for you.

There is a great misconception amongst many patients that medication by itself should eliminate/control the illness.  It is scientifically proven that whilst medication itself is there to reduce/control patients symptoms, an effective control cannot be maintained if the patient will not try and eliminate/decrease the contributing factors (such as stop smoking if suffers from asthma or COPD, or try reduce weight if suffers from a heart disease or diabetes).

The Antenatal Clinic provides mums-to-be with care during their pregnancy.

Here we monitor your health during pregnancy, as well as the health and development of your baby. We can also help predict any possible complications with your pregnancy or birth so we can take care to avoid or treat them.

For further information please read the NHS Choices webpage

You should have your postnatal check about six weeks after your baby’s birth to make sure you feel well and you are recovering properly.

You can always request an appointment for a check, especially if you have any concerns. It’s a good idea to make a list of questions to take along with you.

There are no set guidelines for what a postnatal check for mothers should involve. However, there are guidelines for your baby’s six- to eight-week check.

This check repeats your baby’s newborn physical examination. You may find that your GP combines the two checks at the same appointment.

What happens at your postnatal check

The following is usually offered, though this may vary according to where you live:

  • You will be asked how you are feeling as part of a general discussion about your mental health and wellbeing.
  • You will be asked if you still have any vaginal discharge and whether you have had a period since the birth.
  • Your blood pressure will be checked if you had problems during pregnancy or immediately after the birth.
  • You may be offered an examination to see if your stitches have healed if you had an episiotomy or caesarean section.
  • If you were due for a cervical screening test while pregnant, this should be rescheduled for 12 weeks after the birth.
  • You will be asked about contraception.
  • If you are overweight or obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, you may be weighed. Your doctor should give you weight loss advice and guidance on healthy eating and physical activity.

Tell your doctor if…

  • you are feeling sad or anxious – looking after a baby can sometimes feel overwhelming. Don’t feel you have to struggle alone or put on a brave face. It’s not a sign that you are a bad mother. You need to get help, as you may have postnatal depression. Your doctor or health visitor can provide help and support.
  • you are having trouble holding urine or wind, or you are soiling yourself
  • having sex is painful
  • you’re not sure if you have had two doses of the MMR vaccination – if you have not had these, your practice nurse will offer them, with a gap of at least one month between doses. You should avoid becoming pregnant for one month after having the MMR vaccination.

Child development checks form part of the child health surveillance programme and are carried out at 8 weeks – see the immunisation schedule below.

If your child is due any immunisations a reminder will be sent for you to attend Surgery. Immunisations cannot be administered without parental consent. Therefore if a grandparent is bringing the baby, written consent must be brought with the child and pre-signed by the parent. Social Services must also give written consent if the child is under the care of Social Services.

Immunisation schedule

When to immunise Diseases protected against Vaccine given Injection Site**
2 months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) DTaP/IPV/Hib Thigh
Pneumococcal disease Pneumo Thigh
Rotavirus Rotavirus By mouth
3 months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib DTaP/IPV/Hib Thigh
Meningococcal group C disease (MenC) Men C Thigh
Rotavirus Rotavirus By mouth
4 months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib DTaP/IPV/Hib Thigh
Pneumococcal disease Pneumo Thigh
Between 12 and 13 months old – within a month of the first birthday Hib/MenC Hib/MenC Upper arm/thigh
Pneumococcal disease Pneumo Thigh
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) MMR Upper arm/thigh
3 years 4 months old or soon after Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio dTaP/IPV or DTaP/IVP Upper arm
Measles, mumps and rubella MMR Upper arm
Girls aged 12 to 13 years old Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11) HPV Upper arm
Around 14 years old Tetanus, diphtheria and polio Td/IPV Upper arm
Meningitis C MenC Upper arm

Please note: ** Where 2 or more injections are required at once, these should ideally be given in different limbs.  Where this is not possible, injections in the same limb should be given 2.5cm apart.

Immunisations for at-risk children

When to immunise Diseases protected against Vaccine given Site **
At birth, one month old, 2 months old and 12 months old Hepatitis B Hep B Thigh
At birth Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Upper arm (intradermal)

Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test.

For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • check if you have an infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are working
  • screen for certain genetic conditions

Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete and are carried out at the surgery  by a doctor or nurse or phlebotomist (a specialist in taking blood samples).

What happens during a blood test?

A blood test usually involves taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm.

The arm is a convenient part of the body to use because it can be easily uncovered. The usual place for a sample to be taken from is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface.

Blood samples from children are often taken from the back of the hand. Their skin may be numbed with a special spray or cream before the sample is taken.

A tight band (tourniquet) is usually put around your upper arm. This squeezes the arm, temporarily slowing down the flow of blood and causing the vein to swell. This makes it easier for a sample to be taken.

Before taking the sample, the doctor or nurse may clean the area of skin with an antiseptic wipe.

A needle attached to a syringe or special container is inserted into the vein. The syringe is used to draw out a sample of your blood. You may feel a slight pricking or scratching sensation as the needle goes in, but it shouldn’t be painful. If you don’t like needles and blood, tell the person who is taking the sample so they can make you more comfortable.

When the sample has been taken, the needle will be removed. Pressure is applied to the skin for a few minutes using a cotton-wool pad. A plaster may be put on the small wound to keep it clean.

The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the condition.

Since the screening programme was introduced in the 1980s, the number of cervical cancer cases has decreased by about 7% each year. All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:

  • aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
  • aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
  • over 65 – only women who haven’t been screened since age 50 or those who have recently had abnormal tests

Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.

But cervical screening isn’t 100% accurate and doesn’t prevent all cases of cervical cancer.

Screening is a personal choice and you have the right to choose not to attend.

Dr Mahbub’s Surgery provides a rapid service for minor surgical procedures, which can be carried out in the practice, thus bypassing waiting lists at the hospital.

Your doctor will advise you on any problems or queries you may have relating to this service.

We also provide cautery for the treatment of warts and other minor skin problems.

A joint injection is a common treatment method that is performed to manage stiffness and pain that arises in the joints due to inflammation. Chronic joint pain and even acute pain that is intense may cause mobility problems that can disrupt an individual’s daily routine and decrease that person’s quality of life.

If the symptoms are not properly treated, they can eventually start to have detrimental effects on emotional and mental health as well.

Several types of joint injections have been established for the purpose of pain management.

A typical joint injection usually consists of a combination of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic that target both pain and inflammation.

The Practice Nurse runs our asthma clinic, the clinic provides advice and ongoing support for newly diagnosed and established asthmatics. All aspects of care are provided including assessing symptoms, triggers and treatments as well as self-management plans. Adjustments to medication and devices may be made if appropriate and prescriptions issued in liaison with Doctors.

All new patients with asthma registering with the Practice are invited to attend the Asthma Clinic and annually thereafter if well controlled.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will require regular monitoring of your condition.

This will mainly be performed by the Practice Nurse who will liaise with your Doctor about any specific therapies required.

Our overall aim is to enable the patient with diabetes, by the means of education and discussion, to take responsibility for their day to day diabetes care.

We offer a full range of family planning services with helpful advice.

  • Contraceptive Pills (The Pill)
  • Progesterone only pills (Mini Pill)
  • Contraceptive injections
  • Coils
  • Condoms
  • Caps

We offer a range of nicotine replacement options as well as lifestyle and quit smoking advice.