The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited to have a check to assess their risk of developing any of these conditions and will be given support and advice to help or manage that risk. This is a massive focus on prevention – on catching the early symptoms of these life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses to give individuals the chance to avoid and/or reduce the worsening of their conditions.
Unfortunately, too many deaf people don’t understand what Health Checks are for, what the benefits would be and what to expect if they get the letter inviting them to make a Health Check appointment. This can mean that they don’t have that chance of catching earlier symptoms and getting support to make simple lifestyle changes, or medication support, to improve their health.
To better support deaf people in understanding the Health Check programme, Health Deafinitions is currently producing a BSL video to spread the word of the NHS health check to the deaf community. This video will inform the viewers the importance of attending the health check and what will happen in the check. As always, we provide much more than ‘just a translation’ but make the information come to life in an accurate and visual way. Health Check video coming soon….