70 Gregories Road
Bucks, HP9 1PS
Elm Road, Penn
Bucks, HP10 8LQ

Your Health Check

Check your own Health

This page will give you information about how to

Please make sure that you attend a yearly ‘medication review’ appointment with your GP if you take any regular prescribed medicines eg for asthma, high blood pressure, etc.

From the information explained here, making an appointment for a ‘routine health check’ with your GP should not be necessary!

Staying Healthy

Here are 10 things to do to enable you to stay well

  • Check your weight
  • Eat less Salt and Fat
  • Eat more fruit and Vegetables
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Keep stress in check
  • Improve your sleep
  • Get a sexual health test
  • Check that lump

For further information see the NHS Choices – Ten ways to boost your health.

See the NHS Live Well Hub for a wealth of information on diet, weight loss and exercise where you can download for free - iPod and smart phone programs to help you.

NHS Choices

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  • Hundreds of health conditions explained
  • Over 100 topics on healthy living
  • Help for those looking after others
  • Health news stories unspun
  • Health services near you 


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  • Information to help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle
  • Health information on many diseases and conditions
  • Advice on medications

Weight Loss

The practice is able to refer some patients who are significantly overweight, or have specific health problems, to either Weight Watchers OR Rosemary Conely classes which are funded by our local NHS. Please make an appointment to see the nurse for advice.


It is essential for general wellbeing and many specific physical and mental health conditions to be active, and, if possible, to take regular exercise.  There are many local opportunities to be active and information is available on our local government websites.

In addition there is an exercise-on-referral scheme, which offers a range of special exercise programmes, for those patients with specific health problems that would benefit from exercise. Your GP can refer you.

Stop Smoking Advice

You can make an appointment in one of our stop-smoking clinics at the surgery by telephoning reception direct or view further information on our Smoking Cessation page.


What really are the safe limits for drinking alcohol?

What is a unit of alcohol?

Research shows that safe limits are:

21 units/ week for men and 14 units / week for women,
with more than these amounts leading to significant health problems, including cardiovascular, liver disease and cancer.

A unit of alcohol can be estimated from the following chart here. You can find more information from the websites listed under further reading.
Please see your GP for further help to reduce your alcohol levels if you are finding it difficult to cut down.

www.drinkaware.co.uk for more information.

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Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

If you approach them with an open mind and try them, you can judge the results yourself.

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Keep learning
  • Give to others
  • Take notice

For further information see the NHS Choices - 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Healthy Minds Bucks

For advice about how to self refer for CBT counselling and help with problems such as difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, visit www.healthymindsbucks.nhs.uk.


Are you distressed or struggling to cope and need someone to talk to? The Samaritans are there to listen to you 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

Telephone: 08457 90 90 90

Website: www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us




NHS Health Checks currently available for patients

Health Checks

Health checks are now available at the surgery to anyone in eligible group  of people aged 40-74 who do not have a pre-existing diagnosis of heart disease, stroke/TIA, high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, or kidney disease. 

Appointments are by invitation from the surgery every 5 years, and include a blood test for cholesterol, a calculation of your risk, and advice about reducing the risk of developing heart disease in the future.

Bowel Cancer Screening

Men and women age 60-70

Stool (poo) sample test sent out by post every 2 years

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Men age 60-70

Invitation by letter from the hospital screening clinic for a scan

Cervical cancer prevention

Women age 25-65.

3-5 yearly cervical smear test – invitation letters sent out from the GP practice

Breast cancer Screening

Women age 50-65

2-3 yearly mammogram at breast screening centre

Vaccination programs for the prevention of infectious diseases

Infants and Children

Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Meningitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella,   Cervical cancer, Rotavirus

Influenza, Pnemonia – all over 65s, and infants, pregnant women or if at risk due to other diseases such as asthma.

Prostate and other cancer

At present there is no screening for prostate cancer or other cancers in the UK as the tests and treatments available are not proven to be significantly beneficial in treating these diseases at this point in time.

If you have a family history of a certain disease or cancer please ask your GP to discuss whether screening would be relevant for your particular problem.

Sexual health check

Chlamydia self screening kits can be obtained from reception at the surgery for men and women aged under 25. For more information visit www.sexualhealthbucks.nhs.uk 




Identify Significant Symptoms of Illness

TEN symptoms to watch for – When to see your Doctor.

The following list comes from research that identified 10 symptoms that could indicate more serious underlying disease. The list is not exclusive but will give a guide on how to identify and ask for advice about signs of a health problem

  • the presence of a lump or swelling
  • unexplained bleeding
  • unexplained pain
  • unexplained weight loss
  • change in a mole
  • change in bowel or bladder habits
  • a persistent cough – for 3 weeks or more
  • a sore that does not heal
  • difficulty swallowing
  • feeling bloated – most days for 3 weeks or more