COVID risk health checks - what, why, who, where

What

Think of your FREE health check as a 30-minute MOT for your body, health, and wellbeing. The health check is designed as a risk assessment to identify your risk of developing early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia over the next ten years. During your health check, our trained advisors will take measurements of your:

Blood Pressure

This is the pressure the blood exerts on your artery (blood vessel) walls as it is pumped around the body by the heart. If your blood pressure is too high, it can put extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes.

Blood cholesterol (via a fingertip blood sample)

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood. It's produced naturally in the liver. Everyone has cholesterol. We need it to stay healthy because every cell in our body uses it. Some of this cholesterol comes from the food we eat.

High cholesterol is when you have too much cholesterol in your blood. This can increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

Body Mass Index (BMI) via measurement of your height and weight

The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. Being under or overweight can put you at increased risk of a number of health complications.

HbA1c (if clinically indicated)

HbA1c is your average blood glucose (sugar) levels for the last two to three months.

All results are confidential and will be explained to you during your health check. Our Health Improvement Service advisors will be able to discuss some simple hints, tips and advice tailored to your individual results that you may wish to implement as achievable lifestyle action points to maintain or improve your health and wellbeing.

If onward support or referral to your GP is required, this will be discussed and provided during your health check.

Why

Know Your numbers! – Knowing your key health numbers is one of the best steps you can take to understand your current key health parameters, take charge of your own health and wellbeing, and implement some simple lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of a cardiovascular health complication.

For some of the measurements taken, there is no way of knowing your number unless you have it measured. For example, high blood pressure rarely has symptoms, so it may go undetected unless measured. Left undetected, high blood pressure can greatly increase your risk of suffering from heart disease, a heart attack or stroke.

Being overweight or having a high BMI may put you at increased risk of many inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

Factors such as being overweight or having high blood pressure can mean that you are at an increased risk of experiencing complications if you catch COVID-19, so it’s important to know about these as support can be put in place to help you to reduce these risks.

Having your health check is the first step you can take to taking charge of your health and wellbeing!

Who

Salford residents can have a free health assessment. The checks are available to anyone aged over 18 with a GP in Salford, or who works in Salford. 

Where

Health Checks appointments are available at the following locations:

  • Mondays 1pm to 6pm at Swinton Gateway, 100 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 6BP
  • The last Tuesday of every month 10am to 12.30pm, at Broughton Hub, 50 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4BQ
  • Wednesdays 1pm to 6pm at Walkden Gateway, 2 Smith Street, Walkden, M28 3EZ
  • Thursdays 9am to 1pm at Pendleton Gateway, 1 Broadwalk, Pendleton, M6 5FX
  • Fridays 9am to 1pm at Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU

How to book

To make an appointment, book online using the form below or call 0800 952 1000 and select option 2.

Book your health check

Safety first

24 hours before attending, you will be asked to confirm you have no COVID-19 symptoms and can maintain social distance. If you feel unwell then please don’t attend – you can always rebook your slot.

COVID health risk assessment explained

This page was last updated on 25 January 2022

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