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NHS Health Checks

Are you between 40 and 74 years old?

If you are aged between 40 and 74 and have not already been diagnosed with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease or stroke, you will receive an invitation to have an NHS Health Check every 5 years.

It will give you a clearer picture of your health and will help you take action to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Everyone is at some risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a history of them in your family.


Where can you get a Health Check?

From the 1st April 2016 the NHS Health Checks are being provided by GP Surgeries only.

If you are eligible you will receive an invitation to attend a Health Check at your GP Practice. Alternatively you can contact your GP Practice and ask if you are eligible and if it is possible to arrange an NHS Health Check.


Why do you need an NHS Health Check?

We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. Both men and women can develop these conditions and there are also certain things that will put you at an even greater risk. These are:

  • Being over weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Even if you're feeling well, it's worth having your NHS Health Check now as it can help identify concerns early. The NHS Professionals can then work with you to lower your chances of developing these health problems in the future. By having this check and following the advice of your health professional, you improve your chances of living a healthier life.

See the difference that having a NHS Health Checks can make:



Frequently asked questions

What happens at the check?

The check will take about 30 minutes.

You'll be asked some simple questions, such as about your family history, any medication you are currently taking and about your current lifestyle.

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.

The information gathered will be used to calculate if you are at low, moderate or high risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease in the next 10 years.

You'll be taken through your results and told what they mean and you'll be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and stay healthy.

What happens after the check?

Some people with raised blood pressure will have their kidneys checked through a blood test. Some people may need to have another blood test to check for type 2 diabetes. Your health professional will be able to tell you more.

Treatment or medication may be prescribed to help you maintain your health.

Support will be offered for the choices you have made to reduce your risk and stay healthy.

I know what I'm doing wrong, what can be done to help me?

There is a range of support available for people in Bromley to help you achieve your health goals. Whether you want to lose weight, be more active, drink less alcohol or stop smoking, you don't have to do it alone!

Ask your GP Practice for advice on what support is available.

Depending on the results of your Health Check you may be referred to a weight management programme or an exercise programme.

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 and 74 is eligible if they have not been diagnosed with any of the conditions mentioned, are being treated for hypertension or are currently taking cholesterol lowering medication.

Those people eligible will be invited for a check once every five years.

If you are outside the age range and are concerned about your health you should contact your GP Practice.

Where are the checks taking place?

All checks will be provided at the GP surgeries.

To book your NHS Health check please contact your GP surgery and ask for an appointment with the Nurse quoting "NHS Health Check".

I have not received an invitation yet?

This is a new scheme. You will receive an invitation within the next 5 years as this is a five yearly programme.

Make sure you don't ignore your invitation when it arrives - it is your right to have an NHS Health Check! If you are concerned about your health in the meantime, contact your GP Practice.

For lots more information on the NHS Health Check, heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease visit the NHS Choices website.

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