FREE NHS Health Check

NHS Health Check

Our FREE NHS Health Check is for people between
40 and 74 years old.

It's aim is to help people identify what their risk is of having a stroke, developing heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease over the next 10 years.

Once the risk has been calculated, the most important part is helping you to reduce your risk or maintain a low risk by giving you advice on a healthy lifestyle and helping you to make changes to be more healthy.

What happens during the Health Check?

We ask you a few questions about your general health and medical history.
We then measure your height, weight and blood pressure and take a finger-prick blood sample to measure your total cholesterol and 'good' cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein (HDL)) levels. Your cholesterol level results take about 5 minutes, so there is no need to return at a later date.

Once we have all the measurements and results, these are put into the Risk Score Calculator which then gives us your overall risk score as a percentage:
  • 0-10% is LOW risk
  • 10-20% is MEDIUM risk
  • 20% + is HIGH risk

We then chat with you about your lifestyle, whether you smoke, how much exercise you do, how much alcohol you drink and what your diet is like.

From this chat we can then help you to make changes, if you need to, to reduce your risk of problems in the future.

What can I do to reduce my risk?

  • If you smoke, STOP. This is the single biggest thing you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
I know, everyone is telling you the same thing, but, if I were to say that stopping smoking would approximately halve your risk would it make you think again? If so, check out our Stop Smoking Service page for more info.
  • Make sure you are a healthy weight.
Ideally, your Body Mass Index (BMI) should be between 20 & 25. If it's higher than 25 then you need to watch your weight. Check out our Weight Management Service page for help and advice.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol.
Don't exceed the recommended number of units: 21 for a man & 14 for a lady; and no, you can't save them up and have them all at weekend!
  • Eat at least 5 portions of fruit & vegetables a day.
This ensures you are getting all the necessary vitamins & minerals and fibre your body needs to function properly. Remember, potatoes & rice don't count as vegetables.

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