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 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