What are Health Checks?

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.

We are able to offer free checks to anyone that meets the NHS Health Check eligibility criteria and lives in Kensington and Chelsea.

NHS Health Checks?

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:

  • Being overweight
  • Being physically inactive
  • Not eating healthily
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol.

Both men and women can develop these conditions, and having one could increase your risk of developing another in the future.

  • In the brain a blocked artery or a bleed can cause a stroke.
  • In the heart a blocked artery can cause a heart attack or angina.
  • The kidneys can be damaged by high blood pressure or diabetes, causing chronic kidney disease and increasing your risk of having a heart attack.
  • Being overweight and physically inactive can lead to type 2 diabetes.
  • If unrecognised or unmanaged, type 2 diabetes could increase your risk of further health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

What happens at the check?

This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke.

  • The check will take about 20–30 minutes.
  • You’ll be asked some simple questions. For example, about your family history and choices which may put your health at risk
  • We’ll record your height, weight, age, sex, and ethnicity.
  • We’ll take your blood pressure
  • We’ll do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

What happens after the check?

We will discuss how you can reduce your risk and stay healthy.

  • You’ll be taken through your results and told what they mean.
  • You’ll be given advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Those that would like further support will be referred to a Health Trainer who will work with you to achieve their health goals.
  • Some people may need to see their GP for further tests or treatment.
  • You may be referred or signposted to other appropriate local services.

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