The NHS Health Check programme is for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74. It will give you and your GP a clearer picture of your health, and help you take action to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
The free programme includes checking up your blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index to identify your risk of being diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease in the next 10 years.
That may mean lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol, or increasing the amount of physical activity that you do.
Why should I have a health check?
Age increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
Other risk factors include:
- being overweight
- lack of exercise
- high Blood Pressure
- high Cholesterol
The check should take about 20 to 30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
Following the check you will receive personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy. If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.
Where can I get an NHS Health Check?
All GP Practices offer a health check. If you’re registered with a GP, you may be invited for the check by letter, or you may be offered the check when you're at your GP or local pharmacy.
To find a list of GPs and pharmacies
in Greenwich, please go to the NHS Choices website.