What are NHS Health Checks?

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And how you can get one

If you are aged between 40 and 74, you may be able to apply for a free NHS Health Check. 

This check-up can identify potential health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney issues, and stroke. 

What’s involved? 

These assessments usually take 20 to 30 minutes and are usually carried out by nurses, doctors, pharmacists or healthcare assistants. 

Based on the results of several quick tests and measurements (possibly including a blood sample), you will get an explanation of your risk for cardiovascular disease.

 You’ll be asked about: 

  • Family medical history 
  • Smoking habits 
  • Alcohol consumption 
  • Physical activity. 

Your weight, height, and blood pressure will also be measured — and your age, gender and ethnicity will be taken into account.

You will also receive an assessment of your risk levels for other health issues.

How to get an NHS Health Check

If you are aged 40 to 74, haven’t had a stroke, and do not have a pre-existing health condition, you should be able to apply for an NHS Health Check.

What happens next?

After your NHS Health Check, you will be told whether you are low, moderate, or high risk for heart and circulatory problems over the next decade.

Your results will also be broken down to cover:

  • Body mass index (BMI) 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Cholesterol levels 
  • Alcohol consumption 
  • Physical activity level 
  • Diabetes risk assessment. 

You will get a chance to discuss how to improve your risk by making lifestyle changes.

Our team can help you book your NHS Health Check today.

25 October, 2023