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
- 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: