We want to be sure that you are happy with your health and have everything you need to stay well. That’s where health reviews come in. Health Reviews are carried out by your Children in Care Nurse team, but what is a Health Review?
What is a health review?
A health review is like a private health check, except it’s totally free! Health reviews happen once a year and are a ‘health check-in’ with one of the Children in Care Nurses. The nurse will discuss your health with you and will help you learn more about the health services available to you. They can also give you top tips your help you put your health first.
What will they ask me?
Health reviews are for you and about you, so you can choose what you discuss. The nurse will chat about all aspects of your health, but if there is something you don’t want to discuss, that’s perfectly okay.
The nurses are good at checking to see if you need other services to support your health, such as speech therapy and physio. They can also check whether you’ve had all your childhood immunisations and will let you know how you can get any you’ve missed. And when you turn 16, the team can also provide you with a health passport.
It’s not a medical!
A health reviews is not a medical! We’re keen to highlight this fact because we’ve found that most people are usually quite happy to have a health review once they realise that it’s not a medical! A medical, in simple terms, is when you’re medically assessed; a health review, on the other hand, is an opportunity to have a relaxed chat about your health with a friendly expert.
The nurse will offer to check your height and weight during the health review, but you don’t have to do this. It can also be a good opportunity to talk to a qualified nurse about sensitive health issues and sexual health. However, it’s always good to talk to your carer and GP as soon as possible if you have any concerns about your health.
What about after 18?
The Children in Care Nurses are happy for you to contact them, even after your health reviews stop at age 18.
How do I get in touch with the Children in Care Nurses team?
You can call them at Children and Family Health Devon via the Single Point of Access on 03300 245 321 – just ask for the Children in Care Nurses. Alternatively, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget ChatHealth!
ChatHealth is the texting service run by Devon school nurses. If you are a young person aged 11-19 years old you can talk to a Devon school nurse in confidence (even if you are not attending school) by texting 07520 631722 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). Support is available about all kinds of things such as about relationships, how you are feeling, bullying, self-harm, smoking or any other concerns.