Annual Health Checks are really important because they are a good way to get to know your doctor better, and for them to find out more about you. Your doctor will take a closer look at how you are doing – making sure you are healthy.
An Annual Health Check is done by your doctor once a year. Your doctor will take a closer look at how you are doing – making sure you’re healthy.
- They are available for most people aged 14 and older with a learning disability
- You don’t need to be ill to get a health check, but you can ask your doctor about anything that is hurting or worrying you
- If you are happy, the doctor can do some simple tests to keep you healthy
A local doctor has made this video to show what it is like if you go to the doctor’s surgery for an appointment: How To See Your GP
These health checks allow us to record any adjustments that you might need to help you get the most out of your appointments at the surgery such as having a support worker present, more time in the appointment or a quiet place to wait to see the doctor.
We are keen to ensure you have all the information you need to live a healthy life and are able to provide easy read leaflets where needed. We also have access to the health facilitators attached to the West Sussex Learning Disability Team should you need any further support to access health care and appointments.
Here are some links to information that you may find useful:
- Resources for Learning disability patients and carers
- Cancer Screening Videos for Learning Disability Patients Scroll Down the screen and Select the Cancer Screening button
- Links to Easy Read Cancer Screening Booklet
- a “getting ready for your annual health check” guide that you will be sent before the annual health check to help you prepare and think
about the things that you would like to ask the doctor
- see some easy read information about having an annual health check
- Easy read information about Constipation