All of us have the right to expect the best medical care when we are unwell. But, of course, the best thing is to avoid getting sick in the first place. There are lifestyle choices that we can make to look after our health and wellbeing – eating a balanced diet, exercising, staying well-hydrated and getting enough sleep. We can also start to think differently about the role that doctors play in our lives.
Screening to stay well
Preventive medicine is about proactively monitoring your health and picking up on any abnormalities before they are able to develop further.
Doctors are able to do this through regular, personalised health screening and health assessment. With some conditions, including bowel, breast, ovarian, testis and prostate cancer, early diagnosis can significantly increase the chance of successful treatment.
It can require a shift in mindset to attend a doctor for regular health screening as most of us tend to associate a visit to the doctor with being ill. But if we could think about visiting the doctor when we are well, in order to help us stay well, we might enjoy longer, healthier lives. Screening is particularly powerful to prevent most of the chronic diseases from Type 2 diabetes to colon cancer.
What is a health screening test?
The aim of personalised health screening is to detect any medical condition, health issue, or early signs of disease that you may be experiencing. Via a comprehensive health assessment, your doctor will be able to pick up on minor changes or abnormalities that you may not even have noticed yourself, and which may warrant further investigation.
Depending on the nature of the problem, you may be able to make some simple lifestyle changes, or you may need to have further screening to investigate.
Either way, you can start to address the problem and the outcome is likely to be better than it would have been if you have remained unaware of it.
Who should be screened?
The aim of preventive medicine is just what it says – to prevent problems from occurring or, at least, to lessen their impact if they do.
When we begin to take a more active role in looking after our health, we tend to make better lifestyle choices.
Some screening is routinely offered to everyone in a certain age bracket, such as cervical screening or breast screening. There are good reasons for this and you should always keep an appointment if you are offered one. If you have a family history of certain diseases, it is particularly important to keep a close eye on risk areas and you may be offered specialist screening.
To this extent, both to prevent ill health and to foster an understanding of the benefits of preventive medicine, screening should be considered by people of all age groups and at FMC we recommend an annual health assessment to to anyone over the age of 40.
Health Screening becomes particularly important for the over 50’s where health issues become a higher risk.
What to expect
At Foresight Medical, we offer fully personalised health assessment lasting a full hour, carried out by partner, Dr Alix Daniel. We use well-known diagnostic expertise combined with the latest in preventive medicine. This comprehensive health assessment includes:
- Health Screening will be customised to your personal health needs, age and gender
- Your appointment and all results will be treated as strictly confidential
- Health Screening will include a detailed consultation, covering occupational and medical history
- You will be informed about the nature of all tests, so you can feel at ease with the process
- If additional tests are required, the length of your initial visit may be extended
- According to your assessment, we may advise you regarding genetic testing or CT scanning
We will send you a report and any test results within seven days and, if necessary, arrange for you to have further tests or be referred to a specialist.
Our screening covers tests for all the main preventable conditions, including:
- Diabetes Type 2
- High Blood Pressure
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Bowel Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Liver function
- Kidney Function
Preparing for your appointment
If you are having a personalised health screening, you should
- Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours before your appointment. You can drink water or tea or coffee without milk or sugar.
- Bring a list of your current medications and dosages. If you prefer, you can bring the bottles or containers with you to your first appointment.
- Provide any pertinent medical information and X-rays supplied by your local doctor in advance
- Provide the name, address and telephone number of the doctor who referred you, if applicable.
Private GP London | Costs
Our health screening test starts from £538.
The cost of any additional tests or referrals will be in addition to the initial screening cost. These may be recommended according to your personal family risk and age, or due to results from the heath screening.
A visit to our Harley Street medical centre helps you to take a preventive approach to your health and the health of your family.
Our centre is open from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Telephone: 0207 935 7501