Health Checks for People with Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI)

If you are aged 18 or over and have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or psychosis you are entitled to a free annual physical health check.

The checks mean that any physical health problems you might have can be picked up early, so you can be supported to stay healthy and well.

If you are eligible, you should get a letter from your GP surgery inviting you for an annual health check.

You can contact your GP surgery to ask for an appointment if you have not received a letter. A family member or friend can contact the surgery for you if you prefer.

If you’re in regular contact with your mental health team, they can do the health check for you. If you have not had your annual health check yet, contact the care co-ordinator in your mental health team and ask how to book an appointment.

You can receive support with your physical health check via the Independence Trust. To find out more visit: Annual Physical Health Checks – GRCC

You can also read more about physical health checks here: Annual health check for people with severe mental health conditions – NHS (

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