NHS Health Checks

The free check with your GP practice helps to identify potential risks early.

Everyone is at some risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia.

An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of developing these common but often preventable diseases.

How it works

You will be invited for a free NHS Health Check with your GP practice once every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old and have not already been diagnosed with vascular diseases or have certain risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol treated by medication.

By having this check and following the advice of your health professional, you could improve your chances of living a healthier life.

The check will take around 20 to 30 minutes:

  • You will 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
  • Your body mass index (BMI) will be calculated. BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height.


Following the check, you will receive free personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy.

If the NHS Health Check does highlight any potential problems you will be offered plenty of advice and support to help you address them.

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