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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

With the darker nights drawing in and the colder weather looming, lots of people can start to pick up bugs, sniffles and coughs. But there’s lots we can do to ensure we feel ‘tip top’ and keep any illnesses at bay!

For example, if you’re aged between 40-74 years, you’re entitled to a free NHS Health Check. Your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia can be reduced by making small changes to your lifestyle.

Even if you’re feeling great at the moment, it’s worthwhile having your NHS health check as it helps to identify any potential risks early and importantly, what you can do to lower your chances of developing these health problems in the future. Contact your GP to book your appointment.

If you’re outside of this age range and are concerned about your health, make an appointment to speak to your GP.

Further information about the NHS Health Checks is available at: www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck

Also at this time of year, it’s important you protect yourself (and your family) from the flu virus, which as you know can be incredibly nasty for a number of vulnerable groups. The vaccine is free to many people including pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions, over 65s and children aged 2 and 3.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect us all from flu this winter - speak to your GP to make your appointment today!

If you’re with a Knowsley GP, you can get appointments in the evening and weekends too! Ring your usual GP surgery and request an extended access appointment.  You’ll be offered an evening / weekend appointment at the most convenient time and location to you

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