NHS Health Checks
Even though you might be feeling great, if you are aged over forty you may be at risk of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke or dementia.
A free NHS Health Check assesses your risk of developing these common conditions and can help you adjust your lifestyle to reduce these risks.
You can have an NHS Health Check if you:
- Are aged 40-74 years
- Are a Wandsworth resident or registered with a Wandsworth GP
- Do not have diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or stroke
- Have not had an NHS Health Check in the last five years*
*Private health checks are different to the NHS Health Check so you could still be eligible if you meet the criteria above.
What happens in an NHS Health Check
A qualified health professional will conduct your NHS Health Check, which will take around 20 to 30 minutes.
The check involves taking basic information such as:
- Ethnicity and family history
- Measurements, including your body mass index and blood pressure,
- Performing a blood test to assess your cholesterol level
Based on the results of your NHS Health Check you will be given tailored healthy living advice and you may be referred for further checks and support.
How is the NHS Health Checks different to other health checks?
Unlike paid-for health checks, the NHS Health Check is designed as a specified set of questions and investigations focused strictly on a set of related risk factors, to be followed by a range of risk reduction measures known to be effective for reducing common cardiovascular diseases.
Both aspects of the programme are based on NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidance (research evidence).
How to book an NHS Health Check
Call your GP today to book an appointment if you meet the eligibility criteria.