Shoppers in Epping High Street offered a free health check

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Free NHS health checks for anyone between the ages of 40-74 are being provided on a busy high street, this week.

The checks, which take around twenty minutes, can detect early signs of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and can indicate the chances of a stroke, within the next ten years.

Tammy Lines, team leader for the Anglian Community Enterprise, responsible for carrying out the checks, said that the service which they are providing is potentially life-saving

She said: “The checks will soon be mandatory, whether they are done by your GP, or by us.

“Just having the basic check can eliminate stress for people and their families, it can detect the onset of illnesses and reduces financial strain on the NHS.

“Anybody with any problems is sign posted on to their GP. We have flagged up some issues with a few people already.”

The cholesterol levels and blood pressure of each visitor will be looked at, and advice will be given on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The mobile health centre has been set up outside Costa Coffee in Epping High Street and will be open from 10am-4pm every day until Sunday.

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2:50pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Can they test for Horse DNA?
Can they test for Horse DNA? Cornbeefur
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5:26pm Tue 26 Feb 13

inézc says...

"Mandatory" health checks - how can they do this? Grab you by the leg with an umbrella handle,, drag you into the portakabin or doctor's surgery and start taking your vital signs?! The mind boggles.
"Mandatory" health checks - how can they do this? Grab you by the leg with an umbrella handle,, drag you into the portakabin or doctor's surgery and start taking your vital signs?! The mind boggles. inézc
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