The NHS Health Check programme is for adults in England aged between 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.
As you get older, your risk of having a stroke or developing problems such as kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and heart disease increases. Other risk factors include: being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. By taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions by making lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol, or increasing the amount of physical activity that you do.
What happens at my NHS Health Check?
The Health Check appointment should take between 20 to 30 minutes. You will be asked some simple questions about your family history and any medications you are taking followed by some straightforward health tests such as height, weight, blood pressure and a blood test to check your sugar and cholesterol levels.
Following your tests, you will receive a discussion about your results and advice about what you can do to stay healthy and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
You are eligible for a free NHS Health Check if:
– You are registered with a West Hampshire GP or are a resident in West Hampshire
– You are not being treated by your GP for an existing diagnosed condition
– You are aged between 40 and 74
– You have not had an NHS Health Check in the last five years
Where do I get an NHS Health Check?
If you are 40 to 74 years and would like to book a health check, contact:
1. Your local participating pharmacies for an appointment
2. Your GP for an appointment
Find your nearest local participating venue here .
If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.