health check-up

Beragh GAA will host a health and well-being event in the club’s Pavilion this Saturday (11am – 4pm).

To book a place or for more information contact Patsy Farley on  07879416946.

The event is being run in conjunction with the Farm Families Health Checks Programme – a one-stop mobile facility offering free health assessments and advice tailored specifically for you. (Download the brochure here.)

The health checks can be completed quickly and will offer a good indicator of your health, including risk of heart disease, early detection of diabetes and emotional health and wellbeing.

You will also find out about the support services that are locally available to you.

There are two parts to the health checks, a medical assessment and a lifestyle assessment. To gain the full benefit of the service, it is recommended that you take part in both assessments.


If you decide you would like a medical assessment, you will be invited to meet with one of the qualified nurses who will provide more details of the programme.

Following your written consent, the nurse will complete a short medical assessment and then offer the following tests:

• blood pressure;
• weight and body mass index (BMI);
• cholesterol;
• blood sugar;
• lung function;
• mental wellbeing.


The second part of the health checks is the lifestyle assessment. During the lifestyle assessment, you will have the opportunity to discuss health issues with the nurse. Depending on your lifestyle, you will receive advice tailored for you on smoking, healthy eating, physical activity and alcohol consumption.

The nurse can also signpost you to a service that can ensure you are getting the grants and benefits you are entitled to.


Following your health checks you will receive free, confidential and tailored health advice and information about steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing.

You will receive a copy of your results and with your consent we will send a copy to your GP.

If we have advised you to see your GP, the nurse coordinator will contact you by telephone within four weeks of the health checks to discuss your results and offer further support if required.

We will not send any of your information to any third parties without your prior consent.


Saturdays event also features a limited number of places for ateriograph screening available for £35 (down from £50).

What is an arteriograph screening?

The arteriograph is a sophisticated instrument for detecting changes to the artery walls which usually occurs as a result of lifestyle and diet. The arteriograph uses a  cuff containing special pressure sensors. These sensors are designed to detect the Pulse Wave (Pressure wave) that leaves the heart when it contracts. When the pulse wave reaches the end of the arterial system it is then reflected back towards the heart. Three key measurements are taken from this pulse wave.

Who is this test suitable for?

Anyone from the age of 16 upwards. t is particularly valuable for:

  1. Anyone with a family history of heart disease, strokes or diabetes.
  2. Anyone who has High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis or is overweight.
  3. Smokers
  4. Anyone who eats a lot off fast food, sweets , biscuits etc.
  5. Anyone who regularly participates in sport.

Can it be used to test for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome?

SAD can be due to : Congenital defects or a predisposition to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This will likely be picked up during an ECG such as is provided by Cardiac Risk in the Young(CRY) so the arteriograph will not detect this

Or – Premature Coronary Artery Disease: This can be detected by the arteriograph. This is more often the cause of SAD in over 30’s!!!

What happens after the screening?

The test results are discussed with an explanation of possible causes for elevated readings. A 2 page report is given with suggestions on supplements that may be off help. A further 6 page report is then emailed, usually within 1 week explaining the results  in more detail with a section on dietary  Do’s and Don’ts. This report is suitable to be taken to the GP if the results are Abnormal!!

How often should I get this screening done?

If the results are fairly normal, then it is recommended that the screening is done yearly! If the results are elevated it is suggested that the client follows the recommended protocol and gets re-tested in 3 months. There is a 20% discount for this

How much is the test?

The consultation takes 30 minutes and costs £35.