Learning disability annual health checks

Having a learning disability can make you unaware that you have health problems. By spotting problems earlier, an annual health check can help to improve your health. It can also help you to:

  • learn new ways of how to look after themselves
  • become independent and healthy
  • detect illnesses before they become serious
  • ask for help and advice.

Anyone over the age of 14 with a learning disability is entitled to an annual health check.

Read an easy read guide to annual health checks or visit the NHS website.

Book the annual health check

Contact your GP (doctor) to book an annual health check. It is also a good idea to make sure you are on the Learning Disability Register. Don't forget to let them know if you need any easy read leaflets, or a longer appointment.

If they do not offer annual health checks, ask them to make an appointment at another doctor's surgery. Or, ask your local community learning disability team for advice. They also help to arrange annual health checks.

At the appointment

Remember, your doctor is there to help you, so you do not need to feel worried. When you see them you can:

  • bring someone with you
  • ask the doctor to make a health action plan
  • ask the doctor to explain anything you don't understand
  • say no to anything you do not want to talk about.

The doctor will look at your:

  • weight and height
  • blood pressure
  • urine
  • heart and breathing
  • eyes and ears
  • medication.

If you are a parent or a carer of a young person, visit Mencap website for more guidance.