No one should have poorer physical health just because they have a mental health condition – but sadly people living with severe mental illness are often also more likely to suffer from a range of preventable illnesses.
If you’ve been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder or psychosis your GP surgery should ensure that you have a regular annual check up. The health check can identify things like if you have high blood pressure or are at risk from diabetes – and help you make changes to improve your health. You don’t need to feel physically unwell to have a health check.
Your practice may already have written to you to invite you to a check up. If you’ve not received a letter from your GP surgery, you can make an appointment yourself.
Under the Equality Act, GP surgeries have a duty to make reasonable adjustments (changes) for people who have disabilities when their disability makes it difficult for them to access their services compared with someone who does not have that disability. So if there are things that your surgery can do to help you access their support, then you can ask them to make these changes.