More people should take up free NHS health checks

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Lives of people in East Sussex could be saved if more people took advantage of free NHS checks, public health officials have said.

Uptake of the service has increased by 30 per cent from the previous financial quarter, since East Sussex County Council took over responsibility for it in April this year, but many who are invited for a check still don’t accept the offer.

County public health chiefs renewed their call for more people to take up the checks as Public Health England launched a new 10-point plan to try and increase the number of those using the service.

Cynthia Lyons, acting East Sussex director of public health, said, “We’ve been working closely with GPs to try and increase the number of health checks offered and accepted, and the figures since April are very encouraging. However, there are still thousands of eligible people in the county who have not taken advantage of the service.

“By identifying problems early, health checks can help people to have longer, healthier lives and we’d strongly encourage people to take advantage of this free service.”

Checks are offered to adults aged 40-74 not already diagnosed with heart disease, stroke and other diseases.