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NHS Health Checks

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The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:


If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.


If you're aged 40-74 and you haven't had a stroke, or you don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years. 


Any follow-up tests or appointments are also free of charge.


How will the NHS Health Check help me?

As well as measuring your risk of developing these health problems, an NHS Health Check gives you advice on how to prevent them.


The risk level varies from person to person, but everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of dementia.


Your NHS Health Check can detect potential health problems before they do real damage.


What happens at the NHS Health Check?

An NHS Health Check takes about 20-30 minutes.


The health professional – often a nurse or healthcare assistant – will ask you some simple questions about your lifestyle and family history, measure your height and weight, and take your blood pressure and do a blood test – often using a small finger prick test.


Based on this, they will be able to give you an idea of your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.


If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.


You will then receive personalised advice to lower your risk. This could include talking about:


How can I arrange to have an NHS Health Check?

You'll be invited for a free NHS Health Check every five years if you're between 40 and 74 years of age and do not already have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or high blood pressure.


If you're registered with us you should automatically get an invitation. Don't worry if you haven't been invited yet – you will be over the next five years. If you're not sure if you're eligible for an NHS Health Check and would like one, or if you are eligible but haven't had an NHS Health Check in the last five years, please contract reception.


I'm over 74. Why can't I have an NHS Health Check?

If you're over the age of 74, you can request a health check-up from your GP or nurse if you have any particular questions or concerns.


Do NHS Health Checks work?

The health conditions picked up by the NHS Health Check are, when added together, the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK, with around 7 million people affected by them.


In its first five years, the NHS Health Check is estimated to have prevented 2,500 heart attacks or strokes. This is the result of people receiving treatment after their Health Check.


The latest research suggests that:

  • for every 27 people having an NHS Health Check, one person is diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • for every 110 people having a Health Check, one person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
  • for every 265 people having a Health Check, one person is diagnosed with kidney disease


Please contact the surgery on 01482 899348 to book your NHS Health Check. Eligibility criteria does apply.

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