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Annual Health Checks are a perfect opportunity to ask your family doctor any questions you may have about your health and for them to make sure you are as healthy as can be.

What's all the fuss about?

There are lots of reasons why Annual Health Checks are so important. Visiting your doctor for an Annual Health Check can help you:

  • feel comfortable when talking to health professionals
  • access information in a way that is helpful to you
  • answer any questions you might have about your health - this might include questions about medication or your wellbeing
  • find out more about your health and spot any problems early


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Remember, you don't have to be ill to have an Annual Health Check.

What to do if you are feeling worried

Annual Health checks aren't something that you should worry about. If you do feel a little nervous about the idea of an Annual Health Check however, our Experts by Experience, Chloe and Georgia, have some great advice and helpful tips to prepare you for your visit:

"Don’t worry about it, go in there with a positive mindset! Your health is important to you or you could get sick".

"Ask for a female or male doctor if that would make you feel more comfortable".

"If you feel happier with a specific doctor, say so, as this may help with any issues".

"Take someone with you, it could a close friend or a family member".

If you would prefer to talk to the doctor on your own, this is also completely fine. You may want to talk about something more private and so you could just ask your friend or family member to wait in the waiting room.

Are doctors Friendly?

Doctors want to help you and make you feel as comfortable as possible so don't be afraid to ask for any adjustments during your visit such as, large print or simple words to explain what's happening.

Illustration of a male doctor

Here's what Chloe and Georgia had to say about their own personal experiences with doctors during their Annual Health Checks:

"Of course, all doctors and nurses are trained to be able to able to help you understand their technical jargon and will always answer any questions asked. It’s part of the job so don’t feel stupid or embarrassed".

"Health checks aren't scary as it is with your family doctor and your doctor is not going to make you look silly, they are there to look after your health".

Don't miss out

If you are aged 14 or over with a learning disability and haven't already been offered an Annual Health Check, make sure you talk to your doctor and get one booked in when you are ready.

You can also speak to your local community learning disability team for advice.

Watch the Youtube video created by Mencap.org below to learn a little more about what may happen during your Annual Health Check.

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