Free health checks for Welsh over 50s

Public Health Wales has launched a new scheme offering free health and wellbeing assessments to the over 50s to boost early diagnosis.

Public Health Wales, in collaboration with NHS Wales Informatics Service, has developed a new service offering free health assessments to the over 50s in a bid to increase the rate of early diagnosis and help older people maintain good health.

The Add to Your Life scheme offers the over 50s confidential, self-assessment health checks that can be completed online or by telephone. By answering questions on their health and wellbeing, patients access a tailored information service that offers tips for improving their health and suggests support services where necessary.

Dr Ruth Hussey, chief medical officer for Wales, said: “As people get older, they are more at risk of developing cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and other conditions. The earlier the risk is detected, the greater the chances of taking action to prevent that risk becoming a reality.”

The free health check service, launched on Monday, can be accessed by tablets, computers and smartphones and is available to all those over the age of 50. The scheme will be underpinned by targeted community support provided by Communities First, Age Cymru and NHS Direct Wales.