What is an NHS Health Check

An NHS Health Check is a free check up on your overall health. The Health Check can tell you whether you are at risk of getting certain health problems such as;

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke

If you are over 65 you will also be told the different signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for. 

If you are aged between 40-74  and don't suffer from any of the health problems above, you should have an NHS Health Check every 5 years. 


What happens in a NHS Health Check

An NHS Heath Check usually takes between 20-30 minutes.

The nurse or health care assistant will ask you some simple questions about your lifestyle and family history followed by measuring your height and weight. They then take your blood pressure and do a blood test consisting of 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. 

You will be given personal advice on how to lower your risk of getting these type of health problems. 


How does the NHS Health Check help me?

As well as an NHS Health Check measuring the risk of you getting one of the health problems mentioned, it will also give you information on how to prevent getting these health problems and how to improve your health.

The nurse or health care assistant will give you advise such as;

  • How to improve your diet and how to get the right amount of exercise. 
  • Taking medication to lower blood pressure or Cholesterol.
  • How to lose weight, lower alcohol usage and how to stop smoking.