Annual health check video transcript
[TITLE: what happens during an annual health check]
Harry: People with a learning disability can see the doctor annually, have a health check, to discuss issues and concerns.
Josie: The first health check I had they asked me questions they asked me about my disability, about my balance, about how I cope at home, things like that. So yes, everything was good.
Harry: They checked my heart, my ears.
Leroy: My diabetes.
Lorraine: My cholesterol, my weight.
John: Blood pressure, and blood sugar.
[Title: Why is it important to have an annual health check?]
Leroy: It helps when you have one because it will tell you where your health is improving and where it's not.
Lorraine: I do the annual health checks every year, I also want to keep more healthy, because I actually started a running group.
Ciara: I could have some kind of illness, and not know about it.
[Title: What support can you ask for?]
Harry: I always like to say 'can you repeat that again?' or 'can you make that crystal clear?'
Ciara: Making reasonable adjustments are things like, making information easy read.
Youssef: My GP surgery phones me, because sometimes I forget with my epilepsy.
Lorraine: They give me longer appointments.
Dean: Sometimes people do need more time to understand exactly what's going on and health is a really important issue. So it's really important that people give them that time.
Ciara: Making sure that you're supported by somebody who knows you and you trust.
Dean: Very often I take someone with me as well just because I get very nervous in those kind of situations and so they explain information to me and make it clearer.
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