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NHS Health Checks

Helping you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

If you are aged between 40 and 74, you will receive an invitation to have an NHS Health Check. It’s FREE and simple and could save your life! The check takes around 30 minutes and you’ll be given advice on how to help you achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you’re not eligible for a full NHS Health Check, ask for an on-the-spot health MOT instead. Even if you feel fine, it’s better to know for sure.

Why do I need an NHS Health Check? I feel fine!

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.

What happens at a health check?

Your blood pressure will be checked along with your height and weight, and you will be given a small finger prick test to check your blood cholesterol. You’ll also be asked some questions about your current lifestyle and family history. The check will let you know if you are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or diabetes in the future. It can’t tell you if you already have these conditions. You can discuss the results and get personalised advice and lifestyle support. You may be asked to see your GP to discuss the results.

Where can I get one?

Most people will get an invite from their GP and will book in with the practice nurse or another healthcare professional at the surgery. However, some people may not be offered this service by the practice, or might want to have a check somewhere more convenient to them. We offer temporary clinics in places where people live and work, so you might be able to get one while out shopping, or at your local Gateway or library, for example. Some pharmacies also offer NHS Health Checks.

The 'My Health Check' app

Before your appointment, why not download the free  'My Health Check' app to help you keep track of your health improvement journey.

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0300 123 1220

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