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Sandwell residents will be able to benefit from diagnostic NHS Health Checks, testing for diabetes, heart and kidney disease, and hyper tension.

After the launch of Sandwell Council’s partnership with Randox Health in 2023,which saw thousands of eligible Sandwell residents offered diagnostic NHS Health Checks, the partnership has continued – giving residents a health boost for 2024!

Free tests will be offered to Sandwell residents aged between 40 and 70 who have not previously suffered coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, or kidney disease. Over the next few weeks those eligible will receive letter inviting them to the 20-minute NHS Health Check, under joint branding from Randox, Healthy Sandwell and the NHS.

Tests and clinics will be available for Sandwell residents in both Sandwell and, if convenient, in Birmingham, with additional free body composition analysis for health checks completed at the Birmingham clinic. Results will be made available for GPs for review and inclusion on patient medical records.

Not only does the testing programme enable prevention and mitigation through he early identification of serious illness, but it also allows lifestyle modification on issues including smoking, alcohol, and weight management. This partnership also includes a limited number of 3-month free gym memberships.

Councillor Suzanne Hartwell, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care & Health, said: “The good health of our residents has always been a priority for the Council. This initiative will have a significant and beneficial impact on the health and longevity of thousands of people living in the area. It will enable those at high risk to take medical and lifestyle steps to prevent illnesses which could, if not detected early, shorten, or change lives.”

David Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer for Randox Health said, “Randox is delighted to be part of this joint initiative with Sandwell Council’s Public Health Team. It has long been our belief that early diagnostic health testing delivers better outcomes for individuals. It relieves the pressure on our NHS by enabling lifestyle change and medical intervention. This in turn, prevents or mitigates illnesses which could otherwise require intense long-term treatment.”