Young people with a learning disability who are age 14 or over should have an annual health check every year.
This is important, as young people with a disability can often miss the early signs of a physical or mental health problem.
Having an annual health check ensures health issues are spotted before they become serious.
Is it not compulsory to have an annual health check, it is voluntary.
How to get an annual health check
You will need to make sure that your young person is on your General Practitioner's (GP's) learning disability register. Check at your GP's practice.
The GP’s practice will then contact you, or your young person, to arrange a convenient time to go for the health check.
What happens at an annual health check?
During the health check the doctor or practice nurse will check things like:
- Blood pressure
The check will also give your young person the opportunity to talk about things that may be worrying them. They can also talk about services and things that might improve their health.