45-49 Year old Health Check

A health assessment at this stage of life can assist patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.
A chronic disease or condition is one that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
The decision that a patient is at risk of developing a chronic disease is a clinical judgment made by the GP. However, at least one risk factor must be identified. Risk factors that the GP may consider include, but are not limited to:
 

  • Lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol use;
  • Biomedical risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight;
  • A family history of a chronic disease.

 
The health assessment includes following:
 

  • information collection, including taking a detailed history and undertaking examinations and investigations as clinically required;
  • making an overall assessment of the patient’s health, including the patient’s readiness to make lifestyle changes;
  • initiating interventions and referrals as clinically indicated;
  • providing advice and information about lifestyle modification programs to the patient including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes;
  • keeping a record of the health assessment, and offering the patient a written report about the health assessment, with recommendations about matters covered by the health assessment;
  • Offering the patient’s carer (if any, and if the medical practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) a copy of the report or extracts of the report relevant to the carer.

 

Our medical record system identifies all the 45-49 year group patients and we usually send reminder to our patients for your health check. If you already had your check up with your regular GP you may ignore the letter.
If you wish to have your health assessment, please tell the reception when you book the appointment enabling them to book a specific time with your GP and the Practice Nurse.