1. What is a Health Check?
The NHS Health Check is a short 20-30 minute check of your heart health. Aimed at adults aged 40 to 74, it checks your vascular or circulatory health and works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling – but preventable – illnesses.
Think of your NHS Health Check as being your “midlife MOT”. It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly. Among other things, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI) will all be checked and your results given to you.
Crucially, your NHS Health Check can detect potential problems before they do real damage. 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.
Your NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing these health problems and give you personalised advice on how to reduce it.
It’s free of charge and, if appropriate, following your check we can match you with a Health Trainer who can help you set and achieve health and wellbeing goals.
2. How much does a Health Check cost?
Our Health Checks are completely free for eligible people living in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. The service is fully funded by Public Health departments of the three boroughs as part of their efforts to address health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing for all who live in the area.
3. Who is eligible for a Health Check?
Health Checks are part of a national scheme to help prevent the onset of these health problems. We are able to offer free NHS Health Checks to anyone between the ages of 40 and 74 who has not been diagnosed with the conditions mentioned, has not had a Health Check in the last five years and lives in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster. If you are outside the age range or do not lives in one of our boroughs but are concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.
4. How can I get a Health Check?
Health Trainers are based in venues across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster such as GP surgeries, health centres, community halls. To book an appointment with a Health Trainer all you need to do is call: 020 7099 3333 or complete the form on the Book Now page of this website and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
5. Why do I need this test?
The NHS Health Check helps to identify potential risks early. By having this check and following the advice of your health professional, you improve your chances of living a healthier life.
6. But don’t these conditions run in the family?
If you have a history of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, or kidney disease in your family then you may be more at risk. Taking action now can help you to prevent the onset of these conditions. And if after your Health Check you would like further help to improve your health and wellbeing and lower your risk, we can provide you with a Health Trainer who will work with you to achieve goals such as eating more healthily, reaching your healthy weight, being more active, cutting down your drinking, or stopping smoking.
7. If I am assessed as being at ‘low risk’, does this mean I won’t develop these conditions?
It is impossible to say that someone will or won’t go on to develop one of these conditions. But taking action now can help you lower your potential risk.
8. Can I talk to someone to find out more?