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Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service

Annual Health Checks

Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.

An annual health check helps you stay well by:

  • talking about your health
  • finding any problems early
  • getting you the right care

You do not have to be ill to have a health check.  In fact, most people have their annual health check when they are feeling well.

If you are worried about seeing a doctor, let them know. Tell them if they can do anything to make your visit better. They will help make sure it goes well for you.

Who is eligible?

A free health check once a year is eligible for anyone aged 14 or over who is on their GP's learning disability register. You can ask to go on this register if you think you have a learning disability.

This is different from the register of social care needs managed by local councils.

Check with your GP practice if you or the person you care for is on the register.

How will it help?

You'll get to know your GP better, which will help if you ever do get ill. Most health problems are simple to treat once you know about them.

Your GP can help stop you getting a serious health condition. This is better than waiting until you're ill.

You can ask your GP questions about:

  • your health
  • how you are feeling
  • your care or any medicines you take.

Your GP can give you information you need in a way that will help you.

How do you get an appointment?

Those eligible should be invited by their GP practice to come for an annual health check.
 
More information about annual health checks, including reasonable adjustments that can be made, are available on the Annual Health Check page of the NHS UK website.