NHS Health Check
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. These can be referred to as vascular disease. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a history of them in your family.
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 (except people who have already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors) will be invited to a free NHS Health Check every five years. Have your check and you will be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
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 you’ll be asked about your family history and lifestyle choices. Your height, weight, age, gender and ethnicity will be recorded and your blood pressure and cholesterol will be checked.
Watch this video to find out more about having an NHS Health Check
Heart Age Test
To better understand your risk of having a heart attack or stroke take the heart age test.
- check your alcohol intake with this drinking self-assessment
- take the One You general health quiz and see how you score
- find out if you’re at risk of type-2 diabetes with this quick and simple test
- find out if you’re at risk of kidney disease with this quick and simple test
- use this BMI calculator to see whether you’re a healthy weight for your height, and if you’re overweight, what your daily calorie range should be in order to lose weight
- try this healthy eating self-assessment to see if your diet’s on track
- take the mood self-assessment quiz (which includes links to useful information and advice on mental wellbeing)
- Visit the Advice agencies and Welfare Advice Partnership page on our website for advice on money and welfare issues