Health checks - What if my GP surgery says they can’t do this?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on how certain conditions should be treated.
The guidelines say that people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder should have their physical health checked at least once a year. If you have either of these illnesses, you could speak to your surgery about why they are not working within the guidelines.
If you would like support in pushing for a physical health check, you could take a friend, relative or carer with you. You could also use an advocate. An advocate is someone who is independent from health services and can help to make someone’s voice heard. You can search for advocacy services at www.actionforadvocacy.org.uk or call Action for Advocacy on 0207 921 4395. If you have a care coordinator, you could ask them to contact your GP for you.
You could also make a formal complaint if your GP surgery refuses to give you a physical health check.
If you still have problems, you could move to a different GP surgery. Look at page 6 for advice about how to register at a GP surgery.
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