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Health Promotion Event for people with a learning disability in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

5th June 2019 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People who have a learning disability, and their carers, are invited to a Health Promotion Event taking place during Learning Disability Week (June 17th – 23rd).  The event, which runs from 12.00-4.00pm on Friday 21st June at the BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 1LE, is designed to help people stay healthy and to support general health, mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Gopi Boora, GP and clinical lead for learning disabilities with Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Compared with other people, those with a learning disability often find it more difficult to recognise illness, communicate their needs and use health services. They can also be more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, which means they are more prone to health conditions such as diabetes. Mental health problems are also more common compared with the general population.

“We already offer free annual health checks in GP practices for everyone aged over 14 who has a learning disability, but this event is another way for us to support people with their health. Everyone with a learning disability is welcome, from children through to older people.  It will be a great opportunity to pick up some health tips and advice and find out more about services available locally that can help you make healthy lifestyle changes.”

There will be a range of activities and information available on the day, from the NHS and other local organisations, including the Silver Star Diabetes charity who will be offering tests for diabetes, blood pressure checks and body mass index (BMI) measurements. There are currently over four million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and it’s estimated that over one million  people have type 2 diabetes but do not yet know it. It needs to be monitored and managed effectively, but there is also much that can be done to prevent it.

Vista, Leicester’s charity for people with sight loss, will be offering advice on good eye health and providing a free basic eye screening, with a certificate people can take away and show their optician, in order to seek further help and advice.

People can also find out about:

  • The Learning Disability Team
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Turning Point drug and alcohol service
  • The Carers Centre
  • Stop Smoking Service
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Let’s Talk Wellbeing mental health service
  • Richmond Fellowship (support for people with mental health problems)
  • STOMP (Stopping the Over-Medication of People)

Louise Hammond, Primary Care Liaison Nurse, added: “One of the services that people can find out about on June 21st is the annual physical health check for people with a learning disability. It’s a free NHS service designed to pick up and sort out any health problems at an early stage. Often these will be simple to treat so that you’ll feel better. We want to make sure no-one misses out on their health check, as it could make a real difference, so do ask about this service when you come to the event.”

More information on the Health Promotion Event is available here.

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