Last week, I had one of the NHS health checks offered at libraries in Buckinghamshire for people aged between 40 and 74 to help reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It was comprehensive, brisk and professional.
No appointments are necessary. The 20-minute check includes questions on health and diet and a simple finger-prick cholesterol test. Height, weight and blood pressure measurements are taken.
We found that my cholesterol was a little bit high but my wife, a GP, told me this would reduce with the changes that I am making. The annual humiliation of putting on too much weight and being booed in the public square at High Wycombe’s weighing-in ceremony was too much: I’ve lost over 2 stone since Spring.
The Wycombe Library scheme is running from November 20 until December 8, and tests will be available on Saturdays and Sundays. Checks are also offered at Chesham and Aylesbury libraries.
For further details of times and eligibility visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/freehealthchecks or ring the library service on 0845 230 3232.