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Keeping Healthy

We all know it’s important to keep healthy, including teeth, vision and immunisations.  On this page we give details of how to access some of these key services.



Your GP or paediatrician will advise on immunisations.  

Health checks for those with learning disabilities

All people aged 14 and over are entitled to an annual health check, normally through their GP surgery.  The aim is to make sure that people with learning disabilities do not miss out on healthcare and that any problems with health are picked up early.  All GP practices in York will offer these health checks.

The Mencap website has information about health checks

You may need a longer appointment for the annual health check, so do discuss it with your GP’s receptionist.   



If it’s becoming difficult to visit your usual dentist, then you may be able to access the Community Dentist.  Your dentist can advise about the Community Dental Service, which is provided at Monkbar Clinic in York. 

The phone number is 01423 542240



Your GP or paediatrician will advise if you need specific NHS ophthalmic care, but your young person may have their eyes tested at an optician.  For some people over 16 there are exemptions from paying for NHS eye tests.

Please see the document which lists opticians who state that they are accessible for those with limited mobility, but you should call in advance to check with them.


Sexual health

School nurses, Specialist School Nurses, GPs and Practice Nurses are able to advise on sexual health as young people move into adulthood.

There is also information and help with contraception and sexual health at the Yorsexual Health service in at Monkgate clinic in York.

The phone number is 01904 721111