Boots customers in England can now book a free ‘health MOT’ at over 1,000 stores.
The health check aims to help eligible patients identify and take the right steps to address high blood pressure and the potential for increased risk of other health conditions.
An estimated six to eight million people are living with undiagnosed or uncontrolled high blood pressure, according to the British Heart Foundation.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications including heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, but rarely has noticeable symptoms.
The Free Health MOT will give over 40s the information needed for them to take steps to support their overall health.
The check consists of a 15-minute appointment with a Boots pharmacist, during which they will receive:
- The NHS Blood Pressure Check Service, with GP referral if required
- Optional BMI and waist circumference measurement
- Lifestyle guidance on exercise, nutrition, sleep, mental wellness and stopping smoking
- Personalised advice and recommendations
At the end of their appointment, patients will receive a booklet containing advice about how to lead a healthy lifestyle and a section with the results of their MOT recorded.
Claire Nevinson, Superintendent Pharmacist at Boots, said:
“The Free Health MOT at Boots is intended to help people gain greater insight into their health and take the steps they need to improve it.
“The checks done during the MOT and the advice provided not only helps individual patients lead healthier lives but also reduces pressure on the NHS by offering accessible care in pharmacies at the heart of communities.”
The arrival of the Free Health MOT comes at a time when new research indicates people want to lead healthier lives.
According to a new consumer survey commissioned by the high street chain, over two-thirds of people want to feel healthier, which increases to nearly three in four in the over 40s, with over half in this age bracket being motivated by wanting to live a longer life.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of Boots pharmacy team members have reported seeing more patients coming to them before they are unwell for general healthy living advice, compared to five years ago.
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