NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks

About NHS Health Checks

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:

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 can detect potential health problems before they do real damage.

To make things easier, you can choose to have your NHS Health Check at your GP practice or at a local 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.

Use our location finder to find out where you can have a health check in your 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.

For more information about NHS Health Checks visit NHS choices.

In the meantime you can get help, advice and support with making healthy lifestyle changes from LiveWell Dorset. Our advisors are on hand to help you with anything from giving up smoking and getting more active to weight loss or drinking less alcohol. Sign up online or call 01305 233105.