What is an NHS Health Check?
Do you know what is an NHS Health Check? Do you know anyone who has had this check, and are you interested in finding out more about it and have the Health Check done yourself?
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 heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke and dementia.
It's a simple process that takes about 20-30 minutes. It will be performed by a health care professional, often a nurse or health care assistant, who will ask you simple lifestyle and family history questions, measure your height, weight, BMI, blood pressure and small finger prick blood test to be able to give you an idea of your chances of developing these health conditions. The health care professional will also be able to give you advice on what steps you can take to prevent these conditions too.
Some of the lifestyle advice includes information on how to improve your diet, how to lose weight, advice on ways to stop smoking and how to reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.
You should have a health check every 5 years if you're aged 40 to 74 and you have not had a stroke, or you do not have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease. Any follow-up tests or appointments are also free of charge.
You can often have this test done at your local GP surgery or local pharmacy, but depending on where you live, you can also have it done in places such as your local shopping centre, library or leisure centre. For more information, visit the website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/what-is-an-nhs-health-check-new/