Public health England are eager to push this new scheme forward, initially to try and get more people to come forward and be involved in the over 40s check up programme. As it stands only half of the people who are eligible for the checks end up getting them. Bosses have previously stated that even fire fighters would be permitted to carry out the health checks, or even refer patients who may be at greater risk- while they perform home safety visits.
Not Enough Interest
At first these checks were introduced to try and detect the early signs of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia. Due to the fact that so many people have not taken an interest in the scheme, in the UK alone there are an estimated five and a half million people who have undiagnosed high blood pressure.
Diseases And Strokes Could be Avoided
The health chiefs believe if everyone entitled to the checks, which are offered at least every five years up to the age of 74, got them, 9,000 heart attacks and 14,000 strokes could be prevented over the next three years.
Checks Across Different Places
Usually these routine checks are carried out by a persons local GP but, now local authorities are trying to find more ways of being able to do it. In certain areas in Britain health staff have offered their services in places such as supermarkets and outside of schools.
Dr Matt Kearney, from NHS England, said: "We know that much more can be done in communities across the country to prevent thousands of needless deaths each year due to strokes and heart attacks. Some parts across the country have already started to use non-traditional ways - and places - to carry out simple health checks, with encouraging results."
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said he hoped it would lead to greater awareness about the risk of high blood pressure, the "invisible killer".
"We want people to be as familiar with their blood pressure numbers as they are with their credit card PIN or their height." he added.