Help Increase uptake of health checks by people with learning disabilities
By: Cllr Robert Hill, St Leonard’s ward
More than 1,300 Lambeth residents are known to have learning disabilities and sadly, on average, people with learning disabilities live 25 years less than everyone else but this doesn’t have to be. A big reason for that is many health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and mental health problems affect people with learning disabilities more than others.
For many of these conditions, spotting them early and managing them actively makes a real difference. This is a serious fairness issue and one for which we need your help.
Regular health checks can help prevent and identify early signs of illness, enabling them and their carers to manage any conditions and access care in a timely way if they need it. These health checks are usually carried out in the patient’s own GP surgery and take less than an hour, but they are very important. The local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Lambeth are working with GP teams to see they proactively remind people to come in for their check.
However, if you are a parent or carer of an adult with learning disabilities you are key to getting the message out. The Council, Lambeth Mencap, and other local voluntary groups can help you with resources and information.
Finally if you have a family member, friend or neighbour with learning difficulties, please help us get the information about health checks to them as soon as possible. To help get information about health checks to the people that need it, we are distributing an excellent booklet produced by Mencap available here: https://goo.gl/4S2rQd and we have made a short animated video, which you can see here