Time to have an NHS Health Check

The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your cardiovascular health. It can tell you whether you’re at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or stroke.

This screening programme is targeted at the 40-74 age group as evidence shows this is the best time to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease and heart disease. Residents can get advice about their potential risks to help them make effective positive behaviour changes to reduce their risks in the future.

Residents will be invited to have a health by a GP or pharmacy. Eligible residents are invited once every five years so not all eligible residents will be invited at the same time. The aim of the programme is to invite those at most risk of developing cardiovascular disease as a priority.

As well as health checks being delivered through pharmacies and GPs, Public Health Dorset is working with providers at alternative delivery through its LiveWell Dorset service.

Cllr Jane Kelly, BCP Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, Health and Leisure said: “It is great to see the NHS Health Check programme back up and running. This simple check can help prevent residents becoming seriously ill.

“Everyone who is eligible will receive an invitation letter. When a letter arrives, book a check with your nearest provider and make sure you don’t miss the opportunity.”

Cllr Peter Wharf, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “The NHS Health Check programme had to pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is good news that this free service is available to residents again.

“I fully encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to have a check to book their appointment. Small lifestyle changes can lead to big health improvements.”

For more information about an NHS Health Check and where you can get one visit: NHS Health Checks - Public Health Dorset - Dorset Council

Published on:
15/03/2023, 15:08