Learning Disability annual health checks
People with a learning disability often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This does not need to be the case.
Who gets an annual health check?
Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.
Why do I need an annual health check?
Annual health checks are really important because they are a good way to get to know your doctor better, and for them to find out more about you.
An annual health check helps you stay well by talking about your health and finding any problems early, so you get 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're feeling well.
How do I get an annual health check?
Adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability who are on the GP practice learning disability register should be invited by their GP practice to come for an annual health check.
If your GP surgery hasn't offered you an annual health check, you can ask them if they could provide one. If they say no, ask your local community learning disability team for advice.
If you're worried about seeing a doctor, or there's anything they can do to make your visit better, let the doctor or nurse know. They'll help make sure it goes well for you.
Information in Easy Read about getting an annual health check - written by Mencap
NHS information about annual health checks