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Free NHS Health Check

Helping you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

Why do I need an NHS Health Check?

We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age.  There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk.

These are:

  • being overweight
  • lack of exercise
  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

 What happens at the check?

This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.

  • The check will take about 20 minutes
  • You'll be asked some simple questions.  For example, about your family history and any medication you are currently taking.
  • We'll record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity.
  • We'll take your blood pressure
  • We'll do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level

What happens after the check?

  • We will discuss how we can support you to reduce your risk and stay healthy
  • some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results
  • some people will be receive a personalised letter detailing their results
  • some people may need to have further blood tests to check for type 2 diabetes
  • treatment or medication may be prescribed to maintain your health.

Questions you may have:

Why do I need this check? I feel fine!

The NHS Health Check helps to identify potential risks early.  By having this check and following the advice of your health professional, you improve your chances of living a healthier life.

But don't these conditions run in the family?

If you do have a history of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease in your family then you may be at more risk.  Taking action now can help you to prevent the onset of these condtions

I know what I'm doing wrong, how can the doctor help me?

If you would like help, we will work with you to find ways to reach your healthy weight, take more exercise or stop smoking.  You may be prescribed medication to help lower your risk.

If I am assessed as being at "low risk", does this mean I won't develop these conditions?

It is impossible to say that someone will or won't go on to develop one of these conditions.  But taking action now can help you lower your potential risk.

Will everyone have this check?

This check is part of a new national scheme to help prevent the onset of these health problems.  Everyone between the ages of 40 & 74 who has not been diagnosed with the conditions mentioned will be legible for a free NHS Health Check.  Please speak to a receptionist to book your appointment now.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck

 
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