Aged 40 – 74? Find out more about the free NHS Health Checks
If you’re over 40 you may be at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. A free NHS Health Check with your GP Practice can help find ways to reduce this risk and make sure that you stay healthy.
Why do I need an NHS Health Check?
Even if you feel great, you should take up the offer of your free NHS Health Check. Some conditions, such as high blood pressure, often don’t have any symptoms so you may not know that you have them and you can.
What happens at an NHS Health Check?
It’s FREE and simple, the check takes around 30 minutes. Your blood pressure will be checked, along with your weight and height. A simple blood test will check your cholesterol level and you’ll be asked questions about your current lifestyle and family history.
The check will let you know if you are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia in the future. You can discuss the results and get personalised advice.
Where can I get one?
Your GP practice will invite you for your NHS Health Check if you are eligible (aged 40-74 years without a pre-existing condition). 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.