Deadline looms for Hartlepool heart checks

Louise Wallace, director of public health for Hartlepool.

Louise Wallace, director of public health for Hartlepool.

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Time is running out for people to help health officials find out how successful a Healthy Heart Check Scheme is.

A survey aims to help show the level of awareness of the service and how it could be improved.

Under the NHS scheme, people aged between 40 and 74 are entitled to one of the free checks every five years.

The checks help prevent and manage heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

Louise Wallace, director of public health for Hartlepool, said: “The Healthy Heart Check can detect potential problems before they create real damage to the body.

“Feedback from local people is very important to us and I hope that many do take the opportunity to spend a few minutes to complete the online survey.”

Anyone who has not yet completed the survey can do so by contacting your local GP, or visit Hartlepool Families First Health Bus.

You can also complete it online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBC2015HHC before tomorrow’s deadline.