Do You Want To Help Yourself To Stay Healthy?
If you are aged 40 or over and work in Carmarthenshire for Corus, or Hywel Dda Health Board, you may be eligible for a FREE cardiovascular health check.
The checks will take place at your workplace and will help you understand your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, stroke or diabetes in the future.
The health checks are already available at Corus and Hywel Dda Health Board Carmarthenshire sites.
If you work for any of these organisations and believe you are eligible for a free health check, you can book an appointment or get further information at your Occupational Health Unit.
If you work for CORUS call 01554 712222 or ext: 2222
If you work for HYWEL DDA HEALTH BOARD call the answer phone service on 01267 227427. Please leave your name and telephone number and you will be contacted about arranging an appointment. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Together To Improve Your Health
Everyone is at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), which can include heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. But prevention is always better than cure and there's lots you can do to keep yourself healthy - whatever your age.
As part of a new health check, being piloted in Carmarthenshire, two of the county’s largest employers, Corus and Hywel Dda Health Board are offering employees aged 40 or over an unique opportunity to take part in a FREE CVD health check at the workplace, which will enable you to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
Why is Cardiovascular Health Important?
CVD’s are the most common cause of death in the UK. The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age, and there are certain things (known as risk factors) that will put you at an even greater risk. These include:
|| Being overweight|
|| Lack of exercise|
|| High blood pressure|
Both men and women are at risk of developing CVD, so even if you’re feeling well, it’s worth having your free CVD health check now, which will help lower your chances of developing health problems in the future.
What Happens at the Health Check?
If you work at either of these three employers, a nurse practitioner will invite you for your CVD health check, or if you prefer you can make an appointment yourself. You will be offered a choice of venues for the check: either in your own work environment (e.g. site, office or ward) or in the nurse practitioner’s office.
It will only take about 20–30 minutes
You’ll be asked simple questions about your lifestyle, any current medical conditions and any family history of CVD
Your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity will be recorded
A simple finger-prick blood test will check your risk of having diabetes and your cholesterol levels, and your blood pressure will also be measured.
What Happens Next?
The nurse practitioner will be able to calculate your risk of developing CVD during the next 10 years. Depending on your result, you will be offered one or more of the following:
||Personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle|
||A specific health promotion programme tailored to suit your needs|
|| Further tests or medication |
The information from your health check will be shared with your GP but not with your employer unless you wish.
This workplace health check programme has been developed by PROSIECT SIR GÂR, a collaboration involving the following partners: