Free Health Checks ___________________________________________________________________________
Book a Free NHS Health Check The NHS Health Check is for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74 - every five years. It is a face-to-face assessment with a healthcare professional.
The Health Check can help you by assessing your risk of developing health problems, such as:
At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed through some straightforward tests and standard questions about your lifestyle and family medical history. You’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk and stay healthy. This could include suggestions on small changes to your diet or how much exercise you take if your risk is low or moderate. If you are at higher risk, you might be offered things such as medicines to control your blood pressure, along with help to take action including losing weight or stopping smoking.
It makes sense for all eligible people to have a routine NHS Health Check for these conditions every five years. That means you can take action early, and greatly improve your chance of a healthier and longer life. Small, long-lasting changes to your lifestyle can make a huge difference.
Changes since April 2013 From April 2013, responsibility for the NHS Health Check programme moved to your local authority, which will invite anyone who is eligible to have a check over a five-year rolling cycle. That means everyone aged between 40 and 74 who hasn’t already been diagnosed with any of the conditions mentioned above will be invited for an NHS Health Check.
The check is likely to be offered in GP surgeries and local Pharmacies. They may also be offered at other suitable and accessible locations in your community.
In the meantime, if you're worried about your health, don't wait for your NHS Health Check. Contact your GP in the usual way.
What will happen at the NHS Health Check There are two parts to an NHS Health Check. First, you will be asked a few simple questions and have a few straightforward health tests. These will allow an assessment of your risk of developing four diseases: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
The check will take around 20 to 30 minutes:
You’ll be asked some simple questions about your family history, whether or not you smoke and how much alcohol you drink.
Your height, weight, sex, ethnicity and age will be recorded.
Your blood pressure will be taken.
A simple blood test will check your cholesterol level.
After this, a healthcare professional (who could be your GP, Practice Nurse or Pharmacist) will give you your results and explain what they mean. In some instances, tests may have to be sent away for analysis. This means that some people won't get their test results immediately, and may be asked to return at a later date for this discussion.
You will have the opportunity to ask for advice and support on maintaining good health, and on lifestyle changes that will help you to improve your health. If necessary, you’ll be offered treatments that will help: for example, medicine to lower raised blood pressure.
If you are aged 65 to 74, you will also be given general information about dementia, how to reduce your risk of developing it and where to find more information about it and the type of support services available in your area.
Why is the NHS Health Check important? Everyone is at some risk of developing diseases. But by identifying that risk early and taking steps to reduce it, you can improve your chance of maintaining or improving your health as you get older.