How to profit from celebrity illness

I find this wish to profit from the illness of another pretty appalling. Press release recieved this am.


Email follows:

“Good morning,

Following the news that self-proclaimed ‘fitness fanatic’ Andrew Marr has suffered a stroke, I wanted to get in touch to offer expert comment from Preventicum and Medical Director Dr Garry Savin.

Preventicum offers the most comprehensive and technologically advanced health screening on the market, which allows for the early detection of conditions, often symptom-free in the early stages, that might lead to strokes (e.g. aneurysms) with clients able to take preventative steps to mitigate against more serious conditions that can arise if left undiagnosed.

There are often a number of underlying conditions that can precipitate strokes and Dr Savin would be delighted to discuss potential triggers (highlighting how they can be detected and treated) as well as the consequences of suffering a stroke and how the rehabilitation process might work. Do please let me know if this might be of interest.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I can be reached on . Further details about Preventicum can be found at ”

Very best wishes


If you want to know why I think these non evidence based screening tests should be avoided, see


64 Responses to “How to profit from celebrity illness”

  1. Paul January 10, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I think the correct term for such people is “ghouls”.

  2. Liz Bestic January 10, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    These people make me so mad. I have just had to warn a very intelligent friend of mine against signing up for one of these screening tests. She has nothing wrong with her but is one of the ‘worried well’ of North London. And then I received yet another one through the post yesterday from Bluecrest Health Screening offering to screen me for the usual including gout of all things! Finished your book this week. Brilliant. Have a look at my blog when you get the chance. I am a health journalist trying to write about things that matter but swimming against the tide!

  3. Tess Harris January 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    This is scandalous behaviour, like ‘ambulance-chasing’.

  4. Sarah January 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    With an inevitable flurry of media attention around Andrew’s unexpected poor health, it seems to me that the email quoted merely offers valuable insight and advice into spotting the signs of stroke before it’s too late. Not quite sure your sensationalist name-calling is particularly apt. Plus, it’s rather a superficial generalisation, is it not, to lump all health screenings as the evil foe of the health-conscious public.

  5. Frank January 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I agree, Sarah. And surely prevention is better than a cure? I’d rather find out before the problem than deal with the vicious effects of a stroke after. I don’t see what ‘ambulance chasing’ has to do with it, it’s just having the good sense to look after yourself.

  6. michael (@wassabeee) January 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I just love the irony of Preventicum directing their marketing to you.

  7. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Dear Sarah and Frank
    Sarah, I take it you are a journalist? Would you really take PR advice from someone with a commercial conflict of interest when there are numerous experts and sources of advice which are unbiased? Why do you think this press release was sent out? Who stands to benefit? What do you do as a journalist to ensure that you give people accurate health information which is free of commercial conflict?

    Frank and Sarah, screening is always complex with a mixture of risk and harm. You can read our website about screening at You can also read the UK National Screening Committee on private screening tests here . The reason why some tests are offered on the NHS and some aren’t, is because of evidence. If you promote screening tests to people outwith NHS recommendations and you don’t explain what the hazards are, I think you are misinforming people.

    And Sarah, regarding your description of blog/my tweets as ‘sensationalist’, I think my description of this press release as ‘appalling’ is accurate; this company are seeking to make copy out of a celebrity’s illness by promoting their non evidence based private screening services.

  8. bookofjoe January 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Preventicum. Is that name not a classic of medical marketing? Kudos to the person who invented it.

  9. Pete Deveson January 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Open your eyes people. This PR release ain’t about preventing strokes. It’s about getting footfall through the clinic doors at Preventicum. Private screening companies profit by generating health anxiety. It’s distasteful at the best of times but piggybacking it onto a TV presenter’s life-changing and life-threatening illness is particularly so.

  10. Mr Smith January 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Preventicum. Sounds like a bad method of birth control. Dr McCartney you speak sense. Check your wording on the sentence after the second link and keep up the good work.

  11. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney January 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    thank you Mr Smith

  12. Ruth Greenaway January 11, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    I had to stop my usually sensible mother from having one of these. She had already paid a deposit which the company refused to refund. Ambulance chasers is an apt phrase in my opinion.

  13. steve January 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    The first thing to say here is that use of a personal tragedy to “sell” and profit from a commercial activity is appalling and I cannot see why any normal human being would think otherwise.

    Next let’s look at what they are offering:

    “Full physical examination with Medical Director
    Basic observations including height, weight, BMI, resting heart rate, blood pressure
    Over 40 blood tests and urine analysis
    Hearing test
    Tonometry (Glaucoma / eye test)
    Resting ECG
    Exercise ECG
    Spirometry (lung function test)
    Ultrasound examinations:
    Carotid arteries, liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, uterus, ovaries, urinary bladder, prostate.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans:
    unique radiation-free imaging of the brain, heart structure and function and arterial system
    MRI Colonoscopy”

    Now apart from the fact that most of this (ultrasound and MRI excluded) can be done by your GP at no cost (and will be happily done if clinically indicated) the main point is that there is a vast body of evidence out there which clearly shows that such a blunderbuss approach in the low risk, asymptomatic population does not reduce mortality or morbidity. Indeed it actually increases morbidity by triggering potentially damaging further investigations and interventions. This is particularly true with unnecessary MRI scanning.

    I would strongly urge everyone who is genuinely interested in evidence-based healthcare and screening to read H. Gilbert Welch’s excellent book Overdiagnosed.

  14. David January 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Fair enough, Margaret, but Lifescan (part of Spire Healthcare) claims that it is a partner of two charities, Bowel Cancer UK and TheStroke Association who fully support its private screening services. Furthermore, they claim to have scanned over 1,000 GPs and healthcare professionals. Given the fact that Spire also provide private practice facilities to many NHS consultants, this gives them a lot of credibility.

  15. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney January 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I have contacted those two charities….Lifescan are separate from Preventicum ..

  16. Hells Grannie January 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    My post today from Bluecrest was designed to scare quoting ..” Act now to protect yourself against heart disease and stroke”.. included under this message were 2 very large copies of arteries one” young healthy and the other showing an older persons artery with warnings that ” the plaque may rupture forming a dangerous blockage”. .. this type of scaremongering , as said before,is designed to part you from your cash. £99 for an assessment! this is unnecessary. If you feel the need for a cardiac/ stroke and general top to toe health check your GP or your surgery nurse will be more than able to carry out preliminary checks and refer you to more complex investigation to hospital. all for zero cost!!

  17. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney January 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    hello Hells grannie – can you email me a copy of the letter you had if you get the chance? – thanks!

  18. Elizabeth (Aust) January 18, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Scare-mongering and celebrity illness have always been used to get women into cervical and breast cancer screening. Women suffering from cancer are used to raise awareness, or rather, scare women into screening. Of course, women should receive real information so they can make an informed choice about testing.
    Also, false negative cases have been used to sell pap tests, of course, they don’t disclose this fact to the public.
    We still have doctors who say confidently and publicly that those on the Pill “need” pap tests. Cancer screening is not a clinical requirement for the Pill, this is a tactic used to maximize coverage and ignores informed consent and surely, obtaining consent by deception may mean no consent at all.
    It’s concerning…here is one example.
    “The doctors will sometimes write prescriptions for regular medications without seeing you. The usual reason for refusing is to ensure adequate supervision of your treatment. For example, women on the contraceptive pill need blood pressure checks and Pap smears”
    Doubt we’d ever read men “need” prostate checks for Viagra or migraine medication.
    I thought you might also find this piece interesting…I think more Australian women are sick of the paternalistic and unethical attitudes that exist in women’s cancer screening. I was surprised they printed this woman’s letter, there is virtually no critical discussion of pap testing in this country, health reporters won’t touch the subject, even though our program seriously over-screens and over-treats.

  19. Ian Lancaster January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    I received a letter today from Bluecrest. The first page is concerned only in telling me I can have 2 FREE screenings, with a clumsy and transparent warning that there are “Only 24 local appointments available” and an instruction to phone for a reservation.

    It’s not until you get to the very bottom of the next page that you find it will cost you £99 to qualify for your “FREE” screenings!!

    That underhand approach should be enough to make any sensible person chuck it straight in the bin but I find the whole thing, especially the deliberate play on vulnerable peoples’ fears leaves a nasty stink.

  20. Peter Stephens January 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    I notice that Bluecrest Screening is owned by the former marketing director of Lifeline Screening, a Mr Peter Blencowe, as well as a speech therapist from Brazil, and a GP that is no doubt either unaware of these dubious letters or not worrying about his registration.

    Lifeline I read regularly gets into hot water with their scaremongering tactics, and it is a shame that bluecrest has gone down the same route. Maybe it is the only way they can turn a profit. Offering FREE tests which are actually not free at all is misrepresentation and will land them in the bad books of advertising standards.

    As for Preventicum, how outrageous that they should use the misfortune of others as a marketing ploy.

    I always attend a Nuffield or Spire if I cannot afford to wait for a scan/test etc as the NHS is a tad slow.

  21. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney January 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Bowel Cancer UK have told me that they do not endorse Lifescan and will ask for changes to be made on the website
    will chase up stroke association

  22. raja February 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    hi,anybody have clue about the ad in metro about bluecrest screening is real or fake bcz i want to do it.thanks

  23. Sara February 13, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Just received the same scaremongering letter from Bluecrest this morning so they are continuing their mail shot campaign. They have even made me an appointment despite saying that there are only 24 places available !

  24. Brian Adams February 17, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Had our Bluecrest screening tests done 21 days ago, just phoned 0800-652-2173 (their number) and it returns `number not recognised`…..looks like £100 down the drain.

  25. scott March 6, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    i work in a small hotel not a chain or anything and we apparantly have these bluecrest health people coming here wanting one of our meeting rooms and another room set up for these people to be screened?!? if they are private health specialist why are they using a hotel as a screening clinic,,,, alarm bells maybe ? jeez….

    • Martin July 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      The reason bluecrest uses external hotel chains is because they are based in Goring (near Brighton)… For a business to work it will have to have clients from around the nation and the most cost effective way of doing this is by hiring easy to get to safe places where clients can feel comfortable.

      Its common sense that they wouldn’t go to the persons house as overhead costs would then be too high… Also they wouldn’t expect people to go to their office as this would cost too much and deter clients….

  26. Jeremy March 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    This company deserves all the bad publicity it gets. I hope it goes to the wall – I shall be writing to my MP following the letter I have just had addressed to my mother. She has not lived at the address Bluecrest has somehow got since 2003. ‘Live Long – Live Well’ says the Bluecrest bumf. My mother did just that. She died at the age of 98 four years ago.
    That should tell you all you need to know about this shameful outfit.

  27. John Barnard March 14, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I have a history regarding my heart, known by GP and British Heart unit at local hospital. I have today received a mailshot from Bluecrest Health Screening. Any ideas on how this directly addressed mail came to me?

  28. Sandra Reville March 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I have just received a letter from Bluecrest offering me 2 free screenings to avoid
    Heart Disease or Stroke. It actually costs £99.00!!
    I was considering making an appointment until I found this website.
    What appealed to me was the 16 page Personal Health Report. You would
    not receive that amount of detail from your G.P.
    I agree now, after reading some of the comments, it is scare-mongering
    but both my parents died from heart disease so I thought may be it would be
    worth considering this option.

    • Margaret McCartney
      margaretmccartney March 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      have you seen our website – and have you considered complaining to the GMC about this company? They look very credible at first reading and it’s no surprise that many people sign up – but without access to fair information about them.

  29. Lesley March 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Saw an advert in the Times newspaper today. I think Brian Adams should inform them of his experience. Maybe they can investigate on his behalf. Thanks for all the feedback. I will definitely be holding on to my £99.

  30. mike breakell March 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Hi Guys, Just had a letter from Bluecrest addressed to my wife who died in 1996. Currently talking to Trading standards about the matter and about to contact my MP David Cameron.

  31. Steve Hillier March 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Just had my invite to a session for Bluecrest in Sutton next month. I too was initially taken in by the ‘free’ element but thankfully read this excellent thread and realise this is just a con. Easy to see how they could trick the elderly or insecure. Good luck to those taking a more active role against this company. BBC Watchdog anyone?

  32. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney March 28, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    we are about to add all our media coverage to the website . we would appreciate your comments for the ‘friends’ page – and are planning to work further to try and publicise the harms of these tests.
    do let me know what your MP and Trading Standards say

  33. Dr David Roberts April 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Hi Margaret,

    My mother in law received one of the Bluecrest screening letters yesterday. Today it is in the post with a complaint to the ASA for misleading and alarmist advertising. There is a definite gap in legislation allowing direct advertising of a medical screening service to completely asymptomatic individuals, most at low risk of illness, without the full facts. I think it is quite shameful of the CQC to legitimise them by passing them on inspections, including the standards of:

    ‘People should be treated with respect, involved in discussions about their care and treatment and able to influence how the service is run (outcome 1)’


    ‘People should get safe and appropriate care that meets their needs and supports their rights (outcome 4)’

    If either of these standards were pursued to their true meaning then these outfits would have a much harder time operating.

    I will write to the CQC informing them of my complaint about Bluecrest, and asking if their inspections cover advertising to customers.

    All the best and keep up the good work, more and more people are finding out about this con all the time.

    Dr David Roberts
    Member of the Royal College of Physicians

  34. Jacqui O'Brien April 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi – I’m so pleased I found this web site. This morning l too received an “invitation” to a screening from Bluecrest, which on the face of it looked plausible. My younger sister died recently of a heart attack and I was worried that it may be a family trait and was worrying about it. Having read all the comments and advice on this site will NOT be taking up Bluecrest’s offer. Thank you all very much.

  35. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney April 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    hello Jacqui – thanks! did you like – am sure that your GP would be happy to do your risk assessment (if needed) after having a close family member having died – am sure they’d be happy to advise. But it’s all available for free on the NHS.

    Dear Dr Roberts
    please let me know what comes of your complaint. The last time I spoke to the CQC they were not interested and I’ll be delighted if you can get further than me.

    • lena May 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      well… GP’s are not really interested in peoples health problems.
      i have had a heart attack 2004, i am having heart trouble again since a couple of years. does my GP bother? NO.
      i have water in my legs since about 5 years. does my GP bother what is causing it? NO
      there is not even an ultrasound available, nor can i get an ECG or a blood pressure monitor since my bloodpressure is like a rollercaster and sometimes dangerously high.
      this country needs urgently really qualified doctors as well as basic equipment like ultrasounds in the surgeries.
      i had to back to my home country to have an urgent needed operation because here i could not even get the needed examinations, let alone informations about where qualified doctors are to do that operation. would i have relied on the system here i would not be alive anymore.
      why are so many people going abroad to get the treatment they need? why are so many people taking out mortgages to be able to afford this?
      isn’t that worth thinking about?

  36. Linda Gowdy April 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi Margaret
    Received my bluecrest letter today and having just turned 60 with a history of heart failure and cancer in the family it made me think this might be worth doing, however, being the cynic I am I thought I would do a little investigating first. So glad I did, it’s exactly what I thought it was, so thank you very much for your information and I will be looking at private health screen.
    Many thanks

  37. Dermot O'Connor May 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Received my Bluecrest letter on 15th May offering the usual free screenings but the price is now £129. The screenings are taking place at the Harefield Manor Hotel in Romford. Whilst this is a decent B&B, it is hardly the appropriate place for medical assessments. I too was considering going for the examination but thank goodness I found this site. Thank you.

  38. Eileen May 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Bluecrest Have a full page in the Daily Mail of Saturday 18.05.13. Special Offer for all readers. Are you at risk of a stroke? Plus 53 medical health checks included in this package. 75% of people with PAD will have a heart attack or stroke if left untreated etc.
    Daily Mail Discount Save £218 Special Package £129.
    Thank goodness I was sensible & checked on this site!. Many thanks!

  39. Colin June 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Received my BlueCrest offer on 7th June 2013 here in Hull, and yes it has now gone up to £129 – only the usual 24 places available – by special invitation only!

    Sorry Bluecrest – not this time!

  40. June August 12, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Have, this morning, also received the Bluecrest invitation at £129. Was also considering it and hubby was saying “phone them now – only 24 places available” (he’s more gullible that me!) but thought I’d check out some reviews and this site is fantastic and has definitely put me off.

    That’s £129 in MY pocket not YOURS Bluecrest.

    Thanks everyone.

    • shona May 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      I too received the offer of a blue crest healthcheck this morning,was very tempted but decided to check out some reviews first,was led to this site,and now i have been armed with knowledge will not be partaking in this panto.

  41. Pat August 29, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    You make a compelling case for not using these screening services – I know that all body measurements have quite wide normal ranges.and that all screening tests can reveal false positives, but I also know that all my parents and grandparents developed type 2 diabetes and the ones that are no longer alive died from heart problems.

    I .would like to know that my blood glucose, cholesterol and ecg are in the normal range.

    You usually need to wait 2 weeks for non-emergency appointments at my oversubscribed medical centre and then its a matter of luck – will you get the compassionate, experienced GP who always takes time to question your symptoms in detail – the standin who barely looks up from the computer screen – the enthusiastic trainee who will need to pass you on to a more experienced colleague – or will you be passed on to the practice nurse for treatment (another 2 week wait and time of work because she only works during the mornings).I cannot bring myself to make an appointment to say that I am more tired than normal and constantly thirsty and get occaisional chest pains because it is probably the hot weather and indigestion – but a positive screening test would reassure me. I guess that is why they are so popular.

    My annual eye test only costs £10 and leaves me confident that my eyes are still healthy. If only there were similar screening services for other forms of deteriation that over 60’s like myself want to look out for.

    • tibs November 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Exactly. There is no comprehensive screening in the NHS .. no joined up thinking. The GPs only look at your latest notes

      I think that the NHS takes false pride in being the best in the world… They not good at preventing!

  42. Mandy September 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi i received my Blue Crest Heath Screaning with 2 free testsand 24 spaces left , Whats strange is the letter was to my previous name of over 5 years and so dont know where they got my information from

  43. Anna October 2, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    I have just paid Bluecrest £129 and committed to a 70 mile round trip for what appears to be a con. I am 70 years old, healthy, I think, and never need to go to my GP so I thought the screening seemed like a good idea. Having now read all these comments, I am wondering if it would be possible to cancel and get my money back. Has anyone managed to do this?

  44. Alison November 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Have received Bluecrest letter today. Thought it looked like a con from the start and immediately jumped onto internet where I found this forum ‘proving’ my initial suspicions.

    Quite annoyed that it suggests in places that screening is more important for over 50’s – as i am well under 50!!
    Most annoying thing is – where did they get my name/address details from? I am not on the standard electoral register and have not given any permissions for companies to use/forward my private address.
    Obviously I will not be forking out £129 quid to these fleecers, not turning up at a local hotel (is that really a good place for a medical screening???Alarm bells ringing…), not having to take time off work in order to do so (they obviously think i am older/not working).
    How do I complain about this company in relation to them contacting me without my permission? Like an unwanted telemarketing call (to which i always respond that I don’t take unsolicited calls), this is unsolicited post.

    • Alan Henness November 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm #


      This may be within the remit of the Advertising Standards Authority. Cap Code I e states that:

      marketing databases containing consumers’ personal information

      are within their remit.

      However, it may be advisable to check with Bluecrest first where they got your details. We all fill in so many forms that we can easily miss ticking or unticking a box somewhere. If you have actually (inadvertently) given permission (possibly for your details to be passed on from a different company to ‘carefully selected partners’ as they frequently say), you will have to ask for your details to be removed from their database. I have no idea how easy it would be to find out what company passed on your details.

      I don’t know, but I suspect that the ASA will only be interested if you’ve already tried to get Bluecrest to remove you from your mailing list.

      However, if you are absolutely sure they are using your personal details without your permission, then I think the ASA might be the best route.

      Another option open to you is to submit a Data Subject Access Request to Bluecrest. This is a means provided under the Data Protection Act that allows you to find out all the information a company holds about you. They have to respond and supply that information by law (with some exemptions). I’m not an exert on that but the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) gives some useful advice.

      Armed with that information, you may be able to make a better case to the ASA or even to the ICO if you think your personal details have been misused or unlawfully disclosed (as the jargon goes).

      Hope this helps!

  45. margaretadmin November 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    the v kind @WanderinTeacake has recommended

  46. Brian Clover March 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Dear Margaret
    I received a circular from Bluecrest re screening and called them to ask how they got my details. They from a ‘market research’ company called Greenstone (ph 01622 754477), no further details. Bluecrest responded to this query right away, which suggests others have queried their access to personal data. They also claim to only have name and address, not age. However I doubt they would send out a mailshot to everyone over 18 ‘in my area’.

  47. Catherine Cleugh May 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    I too received a letter today from Bluecrest saying there were only 24 invitations sent out for health screening tests. Having read all about these similar recipients – what a con! Also I wouldn’t want all my health screening done in a hotel !!

  48. Tiny May 3, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    I have receive an invitation letter with appointment card from Blue Crest letter today. It cost £179 reduced from £321 and the screening location will be in Holiday Inn Ipswich Orwell.
    At first glance I thought it is from NHS, inviting me for a screening test as i do regularly receive for my breast screening, cervical test and asthma. This prompt me to read the content of the letter. I do not normally read marketing,flyers and advertising letters.
    Their marketing did the trick as it made me think, do i have this hidden, un diagnose illness in me? It made me read further until i reach the price and the location of the screening.
    Medical assessment in the hotel and there are only 24 places available. This rise my suspicion and surf the internet. i am glad i come across this blog. It confirms that it is a marketing ploy. Thanks to you Margaret McCartney.

    • Anne Marie June 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      Mutually feeling here – I received one yesterday, it was the second one I have received recently (another company) and wondered how on earth did they get my mailing address and realise it was via the NHS in some way also…….must follow up as I am not impressed. I have never received via post anything like this before – pure marketing Checking other reviews online the staff who carry these out are not qualified medically to carry these out i.e. Ironically I was with a heart specialist two years ago and have had follow up appointments and quite a few test a few months ago so I thought it was eerie to receive this now!! The sensible route I would assume is that I see a specialist on the recommendation of my doctor which was the case for me and these tests were carried out in a recognised health clinic. I wonder how many more are going to bombard me with their marketing ploys…………..pity I can’t organise delete before receiving as I can in email……perhaps a ‘No Junk Mail Sticker Please’ on my halldoor may assist………..

  49. jenny January 9, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    I am really pleased I found this blog! I was just thinking maybe I should go for a screening with blue crest, it was against my better judgement but my neighbour has just had a stroke and you start to worry!
    Thanks everyone, will hold on to my money!

  50. Ali February 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Have just received a Bluecrest letter and was also thinking of signing up until I read this thread. Am concerned as to where they got my details. My father has recently died of a stroke…I hope this wasn’t a reaction to this info.

  51. Anne May 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    Received a letter this morning, so glad that I found this blog or I would be £129 worse off!!

  52. Cheryl Coles July 18, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

    This blog is mainly from people that have recieved letters from Bluecrest, as ive had several over the years. BUT is there anyone out there that has actually gone and had this screening, I would be interested to know how they found their experience and whether or not they had to go to their doctors regarding something that was picked up on in their report.

  53. Bob Gilbert August 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    I’m sitting here looking at the invitation I received yesterday. I’ve had them before over the years. I’ve never been as I’m a natural cynic doing a bit of checking today makes me glad I am a cynic!

    It looks like a marketing campaign doesn’t it? A marketing campaign designed to make one or two people quite rich, quite quickly.

  54. Elizabeth September 14, 2016 at 2:34 am #

    This has started in Australia too, my elderly mother has received 2 letters in the mail over the last year. Thankfully, she showed them to me, she has early dementia and wasn’t sure if her doctor had arranged the scans and tests.
    She has short term memory loss; she didn’t mention the letters again…they went into the rubbish bin.

  55. Anne Mackie November 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Thankyou people .I have now disposed of my Bluecrest selected and pre booked screen test appointment.Your sensible loop hole findings of this offer has confirmed thoughts I had in reading the leaflet several times .The reduced price seems to have spanned over the past 3yrs according to your comments and the allocated appointment given isn’t feesable having so few available .Thankyou for saving me £129 !!!!

  56. Lesley Moxon-Jones November 23, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    Well the price has gone up over the last 2 weeks since the last post here, as I’ve just had a marketing letter offering me screening for £139. Like many others, I was initially tempted but thought I’d do some online research of my own. It seems from what I’ve read that they are not even qualified nurses who carry out the tests; the prospect of having blood taken by a a ‘health professional’ – whatever that means – makes the whole thing a complete no-no for me.

  57. Margaret January 11, 2017 at 12:35 am #

    I recently suffered a bereavement of a family member, cause of death, massive stroke.
    Then a letter perfectly addressed letter from blue crest, never ever heard of them before, arrives.
    Open letter to read in bold black font about my risk for stroke.

    Most most distressing for me as my family member is my world and this loss was so unexpected

    It is so bizarre this letter about stroke perfectly address to me that it has really creeped me out. Who and how on earth would give them this info about me or my postal address and is this really like someone’s idea of a sick joke. I’m not sure where to turn on how to resolve this. Is there any sort of governing body that can help or would a solicitor be a better option