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Health checks evidence to be reviewed after scheme falls 'well short' of targets


During the last three years my wife and I, a none GMC registered qualified GP and a team of voluntary HCP's from our church members, and supported by our local council, have been undertaking public screening "events" in our local community (Height, Weight, BMI, Body Fat, BP, Oximetry, Blood Glucose, Lung Function and Life Style Analysis). Following screening the participants are given a one on one consultation with a GP or a Hospital Consultant (Internal Medicine) or Pharmacist who review and advise on outcomes. Since starting out 3 years ago we have "screened" over 1000 members of the public, many of them under 40 years of age, and of which just under 5% have had to be referred to their GP for further investigation, mainly in regards to concerns about CV and/or diabetes related issues. Most participants were unaware of their underlying conditions and several have returned to events to thank us for the service we have provided, explaining that we had been correct in our observations and that they were now under medical supervision. Obviously as a voluntary organisation we do not have the numbers of participants to provide a "sound" statistical analysis, but to say that health checks are a waste of time needs further consideration. Interestingly the only negative comments we have experienced have been from "passing" local GP's who where surprised that we were providing the service on a free of charge basis.

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03 May 2016

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