Looking after yourself is a top priority for many of us and health screening is an excellent way of assessing your current health and wellbeing.
For men and women of all ages, our health screens are designed to both reassure and determine the onset or future risk of developing diseases, enabling early treatment or preventative measures to be taken.
Do I need a health screen?
Everyone is susceptible to illness and so can benefit from the positive action and peace of mind resulting from a health screen. However, you may particularly benefit:
- After the birth of your baby
- Before taking up physical exercise
- Where there is a family history of illness such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer
- If you are over the age of 50
- If you have any health concerns
- After prolonged exposure to stressful situations or if you have a hectic lifestyle.
Who will carry out my health screen?
On arrival, your health screening nurse will carry out some basic tests. You will then see our health screening doctor who will review your medical history, diet and lifestyle and complete your examination.
How long will it take?
The whole process takes approximately one and a half to two hours.
What types of test are included in the health screen?
At Highgate Private Hospital we tailor health screens to your particular age, sex and medical history, whilst avoiding unnecessary tests and expense. However, basic measurements and tests included in every health screen include:
- Height/Weight measurements and body mass index (BMI)
- General examination including the heart and blood pressure, the lungs and abdomen
- Breast/testicular physical examination (including advice on self-examination)
- Urine analysis
- Basic blood tests to help detect diabetes and to measure kidney, liver and thyroid function.
Depending on your age, sex and medical history, we may also recommend that one or more of the following are added to your basic screen:
- Abdominal ultrasound (to help detect abnormalities of the blood vessels)
- Prostate cancer screen (over 40s only)
- Cervical smear and HPV test (to detect the presence of a virus linked to cervical cancer)
- Cholestrol and lipid blood tests (to help assess the risk of heart disease and strokes)
- Ovarian cancer blood test and ultrasound
- Chlamydia examination for younger women.