Health Checks introduced to help reduce avoidable deaths in mental health patients

Health Checks introduced to help reduce avoidable deaths in mental health patients

Mental health staff in the former Kerrier area will shortly be offering patients an NHS health check and where necessary making recommendations to improve their health and lifestyle in an effort to reduce avoidable deaths in people with mental health problems.

The checks will include discussions on diet and smoking, measuring weight, blood pressure, glucose and fats and ensuring any identified illnesses are treated.

Starting in February the programme is part of a national physical health in mental illness improvement initiative by the NHS and is considered key to helping patients avoid early death due to conditions such as cardiovascular disease, lung and liver disease.

The NHS health checks will take place at Trengweath Mental Health Unit in Redruth every Friday from February 2 until March 2 and delivered by the Health Promotion Service at Cornwall Council.

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health at Cornwall Council said, “It is recognised that people with poor mental health are less likely to access primary care services, they also have significantly higher smoking rates than in the general population.”

Dr Court added, “The health check campaign delivered by Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service in partnership with the Cornwall Foundation Trust will give us a great opportunity to help and support some of our most vulnerable citizens and enable them to live healthier and longer.”

Vicky Crowther, Team Manager, Kerrier Integrated Community Mental Health Team based at
Trengweath who is coordinating the programme said, “The Cornwall Foundation Trust is fully committed to supporting people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with mental health problems to also improve their physical health and to lead healthy lifestyles, attending a health check is an excellent way of achieving this.”

“The Trust is also determined to ensure mental health is treated as equally as physical health and we all work very hard to enable this to happen.”