NHS health checks

An NHS health check is provided in GP practices to people who are most at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke or kidney disease. It will prepare you for the future and help take steps to maintain or improve your health. If you are between 40 and 74, and invited by your GP, you can have a free NHS health check at your doctors.

If you are not invited to have a free health check and want to take control of your health visit the healthy hearts page on the NHS Choices website.

What happens at a health check

Your nurse or healthcare assistant will do a some straightforward tests and ask some simple questions about your medical history. A record of your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity is taken and your blood pressure and cholesterol will be tested.

Results are available straight away and will give you and your doctor a clearer picture of your health and your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. There will be time to discuss your results, and you’ll be offered advice on how to improve your health. By taking action you’ll improve your chance of a longer, healthier life.