NHS Health Checks – Free delivery for your staff and volunteers

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Free NHS Health Checks for staff and volunteers aged over 40 are being offered to voluntary and community organisations in Reigate & Banstead.

The Health Checks, offered by YMCA East Surrey, will be carried out by a trained Health Advisor and include the following measurements: cholesterol/HDL (so-called “good cholesterol”); blood pressure; body mass index; and associated lifestyle advice.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, YMCA would be very happy to organise for one of their Health Advisors to come along to your offices to undertake the work.  The only requirements from yourselves would be the use of a private room, WiFi access and a pre-prepared schedule of eligible staff (1/2 hour per staff member).

Offering free health checks at your premises is a low cost way to benefit your staff and volunteers and by helping them to keep healthy it will ultimately benefit your organisation.

Eligibility criteria for the Health checks are listed below* To find out more and arrange a Health Check Day please contact Emma Jones, Health & Wellbeing Manager at YMCA East Surrey E: Emma.Jones@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk  or T: 01737 779979.

However, if you only have one or two eligible staff/volunteers they are welcome to attend the VARB Health Check Day (delivered by YMCA) on 12 July at our office in Redhill.  Contact Nina@varb.org.uk to book an appointment.

 * NHS HEALTH CHECK – Eligibility criteria:

  • Aged between 40 and 74
  • Who have not had a NHS Health Check in the previous 5 years
  • Who have not already been diagnosed with vascular disease or treated for certain risk factors such as:
    • Coronary Heart Disease
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Transient Ischaemic  Attack
    • Hypercholesterolaemia (High blood cholesterol)
    • Heart Failure
    • Peripheral Arterial Disease
    • Stroke

Anyone who does not meet the eligibility criteria is unable to benefit from a free check. However, YMCA is able to provide checks to those falling outside of these criteria, at cost (details available on request).