NHS Northamptonshire failing heart, stroke and kidney failure patients

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Diabetes, heart stroke and kidney failure patients are being failed by a lack of important health checks being carried out by NHS Northamptonshire according to a new report from Diabetes UK.

The NHS trust is among of the worst-performing 25 per cent of areas in England for delivering the NHS Health Check, according to a new report from Diabetes UK.

Only five per cent of those eligible, 11,179 people, were offered one of the checks, which test people aged 40 to 74 for risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, much lower than the England average of 13.9 per cent.

Peter Shorrick, regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “This has potentially dire consequences. It means people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes are missing out on the information and support to make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.

“Put together, this means the poor implementation of the NHS Health Check in Northamptsonshire is a tragic failure. NHS and local authority leaders need to start giving this programme a much higher priority. Until this happens, it will be letting down local people who have either undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes or are at high risk.”