Free NHS health checks
Everyone is at 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. If you are between 40 and 74 you can have a Free NHS Health Check and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
Why do I need a 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
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
Both men and Women can develop these conditions, and having one could increase your risk of developing another in the future.
- In the brain a blocked artery or a bleed can cause a stroke
- In the heart a blocked artery can cause a heart attack or angina
- The kidneys can be damaged by high blood pressure or diabetes, causing chronic kidney disease and increasing your risk of having a heart attack.
- Being overweight and lack of exercise can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- If unrecognised or unmanaged, type 2 diabetes could increase your risk of further health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
What happens at the check?
This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney diease and stroke.
- The check takes about 15 minutes.
- You will be asked some simple questions. For example, about your family history and any medication you are currently taking.
- Your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity will be recorded.
What happens after the check.
We will discuss how you can be supported to reduce your risk and stay healthy.
- You'll be taken through your results and told what they mean. Some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results.
- You'll be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- 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.
These health checks can be carried out by one of our Health Care Assistants, please contact our Reception to make an appointment.