Health Check Service
Why do I need a Health Check?
Everyone has a chance of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes or certain types of dementia. The Bush Pharmacy Health Check through a series of tests and examinations it will help you to identify your risks earlier.
You will then be given advice on what action you can take to lower your risk and improve your chances of a healthier life. This could include suggestions on small changes to your diet or how much exercise you take if your risk is low or moderate. If you are at higher risk, you might be offered things like medicines to control your blood pressure , blood sugar or cholesterol levels, along with help to take action like losing weight or stopping smoking.
What happens during a Health Check?
The Bush Pharmacy Health Check consists of a few simple tests that will give you a clearer picture of your risk of developing four common but often preventable conditions: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes. All the tests are simple to carry out, and there will be time for one of our specialised members of staff to discuss the results with you.
On the day
Health Check takes around 20 minutes and will usually be divided into two parts:
- Questions and health tests ( which involves taking a small sample of your blood for analysis) that will give a picture of your health. These include:
- A Diabetes Check -Diabetes if left untreated can devastate quality of life, diabetes occupies a dangerous position, for it can damage our vital organs leading to complicated diseases such as blindness, coronary heart disease, blood pressure, kidney failure, brain damage and nervous breakdowns. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is caused by the malfunctioning of the pancreas with many people continuing to live, little aware that they are diabetic.The normal symptoms are:
- Excessive thirst
- Increased appetite
- Frequent urination
- Sudden loss of weight
- Giddiness, etc.
- A Blood Pressure Check
- A Cholesterol Check - You may wonder whether you need to have a cholesterol test. Having too much bad cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. And there are things you can do to bring your bad cholesterol down and reduce your risk of heart disease. This again is achieved by taking a small blood sample from your finger.
- Once we have all your results, one our expert pharmacists will discuss the results with you. This will include personalised advice and lifestyle support. If necessary, treatment to help you maintain or improve your health and lower your risk of these conditions.
If required any of the tests carried out in our Health Check Service can be arranged separately, for example if Diabetes is your concern a Diabetes test can be carried out only and charged accordingly without having to undergo all the other examinations.