NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks

About NHS Health Checks

18,000 people across Dorset benefited from a free NHS Health Check in 2016. If you are in the 40-74 age group, at some point you can expect to receive an invitation for a health check in the post. Everyone who is eligible will receive an invitation every five years, so when yours arrives make sure you don’t miss the opportunity.

Your NHS Health Check will take place at either your GP practice or at a pharmacy. It takes no more than 30 minutes where you’ll be asked some simple questions about the health of your family (parents, brothers, sisters) and the lifestyle choices you make that may put your health at risk.
You’ll have your height and weight measured together with your blood pressure and a free cholesterol check. This will help to assess your risk of cardiovascular disease in the next ten years.

After your check you will be given personalised advice about how to reduce your risk and you may need further tests with your GP. You’ll be able to find out how simple lifestyle changes, such as diet and physical activity can lower your risk of developing serious health problems later in life.
Research shows that even small changes to your lifestyle can have a surprising effect on your health.

If you have recently had your Health Check, further advice and support is available through LiveWell Dorset.

For more information about NHS Health Checks visit NHS choices.