NHS Health Checks are FREE 20-30 minute assessments of your overall health. They are more than just a simple check-up; they could help save your life.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family. Have your Free NHS Health Check and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
Health Checks assess your risk of developing these conditions, the aim being to detect any potential problems early so they can be prevented or the health impact reduced. They are carried out nationally at doctors practices, pharmicies and in community settings for those aged between 40 and 74 years.
How are Health Checks carried out?
The check itself takes between 20 – 30 minutes and begins by asking a series of simple questions to help inform someone’s risk score, including: family history, ethnicity and current lifestyle. Height and weight measurements are taken as well as blood pressure and a finger prick blood test. Risk score results can come out as high, medium or low and people will be given information and advice based on their risk score.
Health Checks not only provide people with a quick health MOT but are also an opportunity for those carrying out the checks to provide general health information and tell people about a wide range of services or acitivites which they could access to help develop improve their health, including Health Trainers.
Why do I need an NHS Health Check?
We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk. These are:
Both men and women can develop these conditions, and having one could increase your risk of developing another in the future.
What happens at the check?
This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke.
What happens after the check?
We will discuss how you can reduce your risk and stay healthy.
If you’re a Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster resident that has already completed a PHP with a Health Trainer and you’d like to speak to someone about Wellbeing Workshops, please call: 020 7099 3333. The workshops are completely free.