Why should I have an NHS Health Check?

Anyone can be at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. However, these conditions can often be prevented, so having your check will allow you to take steps to maintain or improve your health and prevent against these.

How do I get an NHS Health Check?

Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 (except people who have already been diagnosed with any of the above conditions or have certain risk factors) will be invited to a free NHS Health Check every five years. You can contact your GP practice to see if you’re eligible. If you are outside that age range and concerned about your health, please speak to your GP.

What if I’m not eligible for an NHS Health Check?

You can still find out how healthy your heart is by using the Heart Age Tool. If you would like support to help you be healthier call us on 01454 865337 or use our contact form.

What if my GP practice isn’t currently delivering NHS Health Checks due to Covid-19?

If you have any medical concerns, please contact your GP. Otherwise we can help you find out how healthy your heart is and we can provide support to help you become healthier, including help to drink less, move more, be smokefree, stress less, and eat well. If you would like support to help you be healthier call us on 01454 865337 or use our contact form.

Making changes

If you need help understanding your test results or are not sure where to start on making changes call us on 01454 865337 or use our contact form. We can talk you through your results in your results booklet and help you set and achieve your goals for a healthier lifestyle. (If you have any medical concerns please contact your GP)

What happens at the NHS Health Check?

The check will last about 20-30 minutes and will involve:

  • answering questions about your family history, age, gender, ethnicity and lifestyle choices
  • having your height and weight recorded
  • having your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

Watch this video (scroll to bottom of page) to find out more about having an NHS Health Check.

Further information

NHS Health Check webpage