The NHS is offering enhanced health checks for residents who may be concerned about their health. These are aimed at finding the early signs of health problems or underlying health conditions, for example, lung conditions often seen in smokers.
For adults, enhanced health checks include:
- Monitoring for long term conditions such as diabetes and advice on the steps you need to take to manage these conditions effectively.
- Physical health checks (looking at weight gain, blood pressure and cholesterol).
- Health advice around stopping smoking, alcohol intake and substance misuse.
- Addressing concerns around breathing difficulties.
- On-going mental health screening that will include screening for anxiety, depression and more severe illnesses.
For further information about enhanced health checks, speak with your GP or contact community provider Healthy Hearts at 020 3434 2599.
For children, enhanced health checks include:
- Checking concerns around breathing.
- Emotional health screening.
- Weight monitoring and links to local weight services.
- Dental hygiene.
- Focus on physical activity and exercise programmes within the community.
For further information about enhanced health checks for children, speak with your GP.
Are enhanced health checks the same as screening?
Screening is different from health checks. Screening is when clinicians screen or check for specific conditions or poisons, based on scientific evidence about the population’s potential health needs.
The air around Grenfell is checked continuously and Public Health England has not found extra pollution caused by the Grenfell fire which would add to health risks. However, we understand that local people are worried, and the Government is bringing forward testing of the soil around Grenfell for possible harmful pollution.
If screenings are required local residents will be contacted with the necessary information.