Each year we target a particular aspect of living with Down's syndrome and this year during awareness week we are campaigning for
Every adult with Down's syndrome is entitled to an annual health check with their GP. Annual Health Checks should provide GPs with a thorough, comprehensive understanding of an adult with Down's syndrome's health, flagging up any problems at an early stage and helping people with Down's syndrome feel more in control of their health. But for many people, this isn't happening. Many people aren't even aware of Annual Health Checks, or if they are, the checks they get just aren't good enough. Rushed appointments, incomplete checkups and a lack of GP awareness about the medical conditions that more commonly affect people with Down's syndrome all mean that people with Down's syndrome aren't receiving the quality of Annual Health Check they need.
We want to help GPs get Annual Health Checks right. To do this, the DSA have launched several tools that GPs can use to properly monitor the health of adults with Down's syndrome.
However, the only way these resources will have an impact is if GPs know about them. That's why we need your support.
We need you to:
It is never to early to start promoting and talking about good health so we have prepared two factsheets (along with easy read formats) for you all.
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21st March 2014
Show you support by wearing "Lots of Socks"