Ashtead Hospital offers a comprehensive range of health screens. Growing awareness of healthcare issues has led more people than ever to undertake regular screening.
Our health screens offer a clear and detailed picture of your current health together with advice on how to ensure good health in the future.
Initial investigations are carried out by the nurse, followed by an unhurried and extensive consultation and examination with the health screening doctor.
You will be personally looked after by our friendly, professional health screening team. Health screening does not require a GP referral and you may call us direct to make an appointment.
Ashtead Hospital is a fully equipped hospital offering an extensive range of investigations, treatments and services. Should you need to be referred to any other consultant for specialist treatment everything is at hand for your convenience.
What is health screening?
Health screening aims to determine an individual’s health status. It can be invaluable in detecting potentially life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes before they do serious damage. Giving individuals specific information about health risks that affect them personally provides a powerful incentive to take positive action – either to seek treatment or to make changes in the way they live. Educating people about important health issues and helping them to manage their health effectively means they will become less vulnerable to illness, both in the long and short term.
Our health screens at Ashtead Hospital offer a clear and detailed picture of an individual’s current health, together with advice on how to increase good health and quality of life in the future.
Why have a health screen?
The number one reason for having a health screen is peace of mind. Even though an individual may not feel ill, they may be worried about certain health issues, so a relaxed and unhurried consultation with the health screening doctor to talk about their health concerns can be very reassuring.
What does having a health screen involve?
Questionnaires detailing lifestyle, medical history and family history form the basis of discussion with the doctor giving a review of any previous medical illness, present medical symptoms and medications. This discussion provides an opportunity for the individual to talk through any questions or concerns. The doctor also conducts a physical examination. Laboratory tests are carried out, including blood, urine and stool tests that give an internal status not easily detected by physical examination. A personalised health report with advice to help minimise future health risks and giving practical guidance is then sent to the individual.
Who should have a health screen?
All adults can have a health screen. It is particularly recommended for those with a family history of serious illnesses, those over 40 years of age, and those with a high risk of developing significant disease due to diet, lifestyle, nature of work, environment, or other circumstances.
How often should an individual have a health screen?
Regular health screening enables people to take control of their lives and anticipate any potential health problems before they occur. Finding problems early increases the opportunity for treatment and cure. By having a health screen, an individual is taking steps to increase their chances for living a longer, healthier life. It is recommended that an adult below 40 years old have a health screen once every 2 years, and an adult above 40 years old is advised to have a health screen annually.
For further information or to make an appointment please contact the Health Screening Department on 01372 221424.