The recommended frequency of Adult Health Checks vary depending on whether there are any risk factors, for example, previous health problems, or family history of health  problems (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, etc)

Basic Check Ups

It is wise to have a check up with your doctor at least every 2 years.
This will include a check for early signs of problems, a check on blood pressure, weight, and issues relevant to you taking account of your past medical history and any potential inherited risks.
Tape measure
Stethoscope
BP chart
scales

Cervical Smears

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Cervical Smears are recommended to be done at least every 3 years up to the age of 70.
Smears are sometimes required more frequently if there have been abnormalities on past smears. The team will advise you if this is necessary.
Results of all smears are sent to the National Cervical Screening Register.
For more information on cervical screening Click Here

Breast Screening

Breast screening is when a mammogram (breast x-ray) is performed on women with no obvious breast changes
Breast screening can find cancer early and that means you have a better chance of beating it
It can pick up tiny cancers that can't be felt
You need to have breast screening every two years as breast cancers can grow in that time and you want to find them while they are still small
Screening mammograms cannot prevent development of breast cancer, but do reduce the chance of dying from breast cancer by approximately a third.

Mammograms are strongly recommended for women between the age of 45 and 69, and are available free every 2 years through BreastScreen Aotearoa.
Our team can refer you for this or you can contact BreastScreen directly on 0800-270-200 or online (click here).
Once enrolled BreastScreen will arrange your mammograms and invite you back every 2 years.
We will monitor via our computer system also to check that the mammograms have been done.

While not funded, mammogram screening from the age of 40 is recommended, especially if a close relative has had breast cancer.

For over 70s the risk of breast cancer actually increases, though on the positive side a breast cancer in this age group does tend to be less aggressive. It is a good idea to discuss further screening with your doctor.

For more information on Breast Screening click on the following links:

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Heart Health

Is your 'heart age' younger or older than your actual age? A heart risk assessment will help you find out by building a risk profile based on factors such as your age, gender, cholesterol levels, smoking, blood pressure, family history and past history.

Our team will be in contact when your Heart Health, or CVD Risk Assessment is due and if you have not had a recent blood test for cholesterol and diabetes or blood test, the nurses will invite you to have these checked
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In general, a risk assessment is advised if you are:
  • female and aged 45 years or over with any risk factors.
  • female and aged 55 years or over if no risk factors.
If you say 'yes' to any of the following questions, you should have a risk assessment 10 years earlier, ie, a man older than 35 years and a woman older than 45 years:
  • are you a smoker?
  • are you Maori, Pacific Islander, or from the Indian subcontinent or Fiji?
  • do you have high cholesterol?
  • do you have high blood pressure?
  • are you overweight?
  • do you have a family history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes?
  • do you have diabetes (or are at risk of diabetes)?
  • have you had diabetes in pregnancy?
  • do you have renal (kidney) impairment?
  • do you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

Quit Smoking Help

Things we know you already know…

Health Effects of Smoking
Smoking harms nearly every organ and system in the body.
It is the cause of 80 percent of lung cancer cases and is linked to many other cancers.
It is a major cause of heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Smoking can also cause blindness, impotence and infertility

How can we help?
Our nurses and doctors can give you support to stop when you are ready.

Our nurses can provide regular follow up phone calls or txt messages to help you keep on the quitting process.

We can prescribe
  • Nicotine replacement medication in form of gum, lozenges, nasal spray and patches.
  • Zyban
  • Champix

It’s your choice to smoke - or not. You can think about it and make your own choices.

Quitline Website:
The www.quit.org.nz website is to help with your thinking stages. It’s up to you which parts of the site you read.

Quitline:
Call Quitline on 0800 778 778 for free advice and non-judgmental support to quit smoking.

A Quitline Advisor will help to create a quit smoking plan that works for you. The Advisor will help you understand the smoking addiction – you will identify the reasons why you smoke and come up with new ways to cope. You’ll get tips and suggestions on how to beat cravings.

Other Reading
Allen Carr’s : The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.
Some patients have found reading this book a very effective way to stop.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Screening checks with bone densitometry should be considered at least once after menopause for women and after age 55 for men.

  • Osteoporosis can be prevented.
  • 56% of women and 29% of men will suffer a fracture after the age of 60 because of osteoporosis.
  • Nearly 20% of people with hip fractures die from fracture-related complications within a year.
  • Young people can suffer from osteoporosis too.
  • The estimated cost to New Zealand is $1.1 billion each year.
(Source: Osteoporosis NZ)

Key points:
  • Our bones reach their peak bone mass around age of 30–35 years. The higher this is, the lower your life time risk of osteoporosis.
  • It is common in later life in women, more so than men. The older you are, the more likely you are to get it.
  • There are good treatments that can slow down osteoporosis and help to stop you getting broken bones.
  • Things you can do to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and strengthen your bones are:
  • weight bearing exercise and keep physically active
  • be smoke free
  • get enough vitamin D
  • make sure you get enough calcium in your food
  • go easy on salt and alcohol
  • if female, see your doctor if you have irregular periods.


Self Management Education

East Health Trust PHO provides group self management education workshops for people with long term conditions and their families. These are informative, practical sessions to help people manage their own health more effectively.

These specifically designed courses are held by trained facilitators at East Health Trust PHO premises at 260 Botany Road.
These include courses for weight management, quitting smoking, healthier lifestyles, managing pain, and managing with a chronic disease.