Scilly Health Centre Exceeding Targets On Heart Checks

St Mary’s Health Centre

The Isles of Scilly Health Centre is exceeding national targets on vital heart checks for 40 to 74 year olds, despite the local PCT being criticised for failing to roll out the checks across their region.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT was named recently in an article in GP magazine as one of the three worst in the country for providing the checks for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The government set a target of 20% in this age category getting the service by 2012/13.

But Dr John Garman from the Health Centre, says from the age of 40, and every 5 years thereafter, all islands’ residents are invited to attend a well-person clinic. This includes a cardiovascular risk assessment, as well as advice and support on risk factors, such as smoking, lack of exercise, being overweight and having high blood pressure or cholesterol.

He added that the checks are relatively labour intensive, but they’re worthwhile as they help to highlight potential risks in otherwise healthy individuals.

John says the nurses and admin team have worked hard to ensure a very high uptake rate, and he’s pleased to say that they already go way beyond the government’s targets.