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NHS Health Checks

Aged 40 – 74? Find out more about the free NHS Health Check

Even though you might be feeling great, if you’re over 40 you may be at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.

A free NHS Health Check with your GP Practice can help you reduce these risks and make sure that you stay healthy.

Why do I need an NHS Health Check?

We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk. These are:

  • being overweight
  • being physically inactive
  • not eating healthily
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol.

What's involved

The check will take around 20 to 30 minutes:

  • 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
  • Your body mass index (BMI) will be calculated. BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height.
  • You will be asked some simple questions about your family history, whether
  • or not you smoke and how much alcohol you drink.

What happens after the check

The health professional will discuss how you can reduce your risk and stay healthy.

  • You’ll be taken through your results and told what they mean. Some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results.
  • You’ll be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Some people with raised blood pressure will have their kidneys checked through a blood test.
  • Some people may need to have another blood test to check for type 2 diabetes. Your health professional will be able to tell you more.
  • Treatment or medication may be prescribed to help you maintain your health.

Am I eligible for an NHS Health Check?

Your GP Practice will invite you for your NHS Health Check if you are eligible. If you haven’t been invited but would like to have an NHS Health Check contact your GP Practice to find out if you qualify for one.