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Free annual health checks

What is an Annual Health Check?

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. 

It is available for all people aged 14 and older with a learning disability who are registered at GP surgeries in Kingston and Richmond.
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.
It is a good way to get to know your doctor better, and for them to find out more about you so they can treat you properly if you get ill.

How to get an Annual Health Check?

Call your GP surgery to check you are on their learning disability register.   If you aren’t and think you should be, let them know.  You could make an appointment to do this or write them a brief letter explaining why (there is help to do this on the Mencap website – see below)

Mencap, the UK's national charity for people with learning disabilities, has produced easy read guides and short films about how to receive extra support by joining the learning disability register.

Mencap's easy read guides, template letters, and awareness posters (opens a new window) 

There is more information the Mencap website (opens a new window)

Once you are on their list of people with a learning disability they should invite you to a health check each year. If you think you haven’t had one in the last year it is a good idea to let them know and they should be able to arrange it for you.