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2. Annual Health Checks
A health check is when the doctor talks to you and checks to make sure you are healthy; everyone with a learning disability should have a yearly health check. This starts from the age of 14 and you don’t have to be feeling ill. You can ask your doctor about anything that is worrying or hurting you. Your doctor will also ask you questions and you must try to answer these honestly.
Your doctor may check your;
- Weight and height
- Blood pressure
- Chest and tummy – your doctor may ask you to take off some of your clothes to do this, you do not have to do this if you do not want to.
They may also ask;
- For a blood or urine sample
- About how much alcohol you drink or if you smoke
- About your sexual health
- About any medication that you take
- How you are feeling
- What food you eat
Do not be embarrassed about answering these questions. Your doctor is there to help and give you advice to make sure you are safe and healthy. After your health check your doctor or nurse will tell you if there are any other people that you need to see.
Not all doctors do health checks but you may still be able to have a health check somewhere else. Your doctor will inform you of this.