NHS Health Checks
- are you aged between 40 and 74?
- have you not had a NHS Health Check in the last 5 years?
- do you not have an existing condition (heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease) or had a stroke?
If you have answered yes to these questions then you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check.
The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall 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 this has been evidenced as the best time to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease and heart disease. The Check provides an opportunity to inform individuals about their potential risks to enable them to make effective positive behaviour changes to reduce their risks in the future. 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 can detect potential health problems before they do real damage.
Where can I get an NHS Health Check?
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.
Find your nearest NHS Health Check provider in your local area. You don’t need to be registered with the GP practice to have a health check there.
Help and advice
If you have recently had your Health Check, further advice and support is available through LiveWell Dorset. Our advisors are on hand to help you give up smoking, get more active, lose weight or drink less alcohol. Sign up to LiveWell Dorsetonline or call 01305 233105.
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