Promoting annual health checks through community outreach
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Promoting annual health checks through community outreach

Sharon Dixon Community nurses, Swansea community support team
Elizabeth Fair Community nurses, Swansea community support team
Paula Phillips Community nurses, Swansea community support team
Ian Mansell Senior lecturer, Learning disabilities at the University of Glamorgan
Christopher Griffiths Consults in nursing, Abertawe Bro-Morgannwg University Health Board and at the University of Glamorgan
Matthew James Communication development officer, Speech and language therapy department of Swansea community support team

Sharon Dixon and colleagues explore the use of screening at a health fair to reinforce the importance of attending GP surgeries for annual check ups

Although people with a learning disability have greater health needs than the general population, they are less likely to access health care. Swansea People First peer advocacy group addressed this issue at an annual fair promoting health and wellbeing, including simple information and checks offered by community learning disability nurses. Results are provided to individuals in an accessible format with, if indicated, a letter for their GP.

Learning Disability Practice. 13, 6,28-31. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.07.13.6.28.c7889

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