Have you checked your health recently?

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different.

   ~ C S Lewis

Optometrist examines eyesight of woman
A regular eye exam

A child’s growth is far more noticeable if you don’t see them every day. Likewise a drift from energy and health is far more noticeable if you look at information which is separated by time. The imperceptible changes that happen every day become perceptible over time and once you have perceived a change, often you can do something about it.

Make sure you have the right checks scheduled

You should be seen by health professionals in the proper timescales.

Health checks with a GP

If you haven’t been seeing the doctor for any other reason which would enable them to keep an eye on your general health, and are over 40, you are entitled to an NHS Health Check every five years. This should keep on top of preventative options which will minimise the chances of heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. If you are over 65 you will be given information about the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for so it can be caught quickly and the impact minimised.

Dental checks

Check-ups are normally suggested every 6 months but even if you have good dental health you should have a check up at least once every 24 months. Oral inspection can pick up on general health matters as well as dental health; if you don’t have any teeth but have a mouth, get checked.

Hearing tests

Hearing tests are recommended if you think there is anything wrong with your hearing and if you use hearing aids you should have a test at least every three years.

Eye tests

You should not go more than 2 years without an eye test. Even if your vision seems stable a test can identify health issues and deal with them before they become critical.

Look back to see when you last had any of these check ups and then write in your diary when the next ones are due. If you haven’t had any of these check recently you are due one now.

Many of these tests are available free depending on age, financial position, existing health conditions and where you live (i.e. England & Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who all have different rules). Check with your practitioners to see if you will have to pay.

 


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If you know something is wrong then please contact an expert immediately.

Your doctor can help with medical problems, or if you are in an emotional crisis you could contact the Samaritans. You can call them free from any phone on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or you may have a branch near you that you can visit (see www.samaritans.org/branches).

If the cause of your crisis is feeling overwhelmed by a financial or legal issue then they may suggest a local legal centre or the Citizens Advice Bureau as a good first step to solving your issues.

There is a Spanish phrase that says ‘Where there is a will, there are many ways’. Just because what you have tried so far has not worked does not mean there is nothing else to try and these people are expert at finding the right solution in a crisis, and they care.