NHS Health Checks

A free NHS Health Check will help you know more about your health and how to keep fit and well

It could stop you getting heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease or having a stroke

Who should have a health check?

If you are between 40 and 74 you will be asked to come in for a health check

Other people can ask for a health check if they are worried about their health

If you already have heart or kidney disease or diabetes or have had a stroke then you will not be asked to come for a health check

Health checks happen every 5 years

Why do I need a health check?

Anyone can get heart disease or diabetes or kidney disease or have a stroke

As you get older you are more at risk of getting these illnesses

There are some things that can make you more likely to get these illnesses. These are:

  • being fat
  • not keeping fit
  • not eating a good diet
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • having high blood pressure
  • having too much fat in your blood, called high cholesterol

You can have these things if you are a man or a woman and they may cause:

  • a stroke
  • a heart attack
  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • certain types of dementia

Having a health check can stop you getting these illnesses and keep you fit and well

Even if you feel fit and well it is a good idea to have a health check. We can catch some illnesses early on before you know you have them

Some illnesses run in families. It is a good idea to have a health check as you may be more at risk of getting some things

What happens at a health check?

The health check takes 20 to 30 minutes

We will ask you some questions about your health and illnesses you have had

We will check how tall you are, how heavy you are and some other questions about you

We will take your blood pressure

We will take some blood to check your cholesterol

What happens after the health check?

After the health check we will tell you what we found out

We will talk to you about your risk of getting any illnesses 

We will talk to you about how you can keep fit and well. And how we can help you keep fit and well

You may have to come back another day for this

If we found you have high blood pressure we will check your kidneys are ok by taking some blood

We may have to take some blood to check for diabetes

We may give you medicine to stay fit and well. But this is something your Nurse or Doctor can discuss with you

If you smoke we can help you try and stop

We will provide you with the links (see below) to information to help you to keep fit and well 

Cholesterol - https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/cholesterol.pdf


Alcohol -      https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/Alcohol.pdf

Physical Activity Guidelines - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/213740/dh_128145.pdf

Weight Reducing - Sensible Slimming -http://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/publication/sensible-slimming-v5/

Eat Well Guide - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/528193/Eatwell_guide_colour.pdf

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