Health checks for people with learning disabilities improve (but still a long way to go)

HEALTH checks for people with learning disabilities have increased in numbers over the last year.

However, health campaigners claim that there is still a long way to go.

In 2013-14, 217 registered residents attended at their GP for an annual health check. With 478 Thurrock residents with a learning need registered that means that 45% have attended for their check-up.

A spokesperson for Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions said: "Thurrocks health checks for people with Learning Disability were at an all-time low of 11% some three years ago.

Today the figures are reported as 40%. This is still not good enough, but we are delighted that the community input in Thurrock seems to be making a difference. The big barrier is still the fact that some GP’s are simply not doing enough.

Our strategy was a combination of; pressure from Thurrock Healthwatch at the Health and Wellbeing Board, employing a person to support people from the community, getting the CCG to employ an additional community nurse, using the local learning disability nurses effectively and increasing awareness amongst the local people effected as much as possible (by writing a standard letter that people could take to their GP for example).

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