New digital health check to tackle deadly cardiovascular disease

Pharmacy press

The Government has announced a new Digital NHS Health Check to be rolled out across England next spring delivering an additional one million checks in the first 4 years.

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Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, said:

“The original Government announcement of the plan to adopt a digital approach to NHS Health Checks referenced people using the community pharmacy Hypertension Case-finding Service as a route by which they could have their blood pressure measured. This new approach to health checks could consequently increase the demand for that community pharmacy service, which is already having a significant, positive impact on identifying the many people in the population with undiagnosed hypertension.

“NHS Health Checks are commissioned from some community pharmacies by local councils. It is unclear from this announcement whether local Government will continue to commission face-to-face health checks, but there is the potential that such services may not be commissioned in the future.”

Further information

DHSC Press Release | Patients to carry out health checks in comfort of own home to ease pressure on frontline services