How do I get an NHS Health Check?
Call your local doctors surgery to book your free NHS health check.
Why should I get an NHS Health Check?
As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your free NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer.
If you're aged 40-74 and you haven't had a stroke, or you don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years.
How will the NHS Health Check help me?
An NHS Health Check is designed to spot the early signs of stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of dementia. As well as measuring your risk of developing these health problems, an NHS Health Check gives you advice on how to prevent them.This could include talking about: how to improve your diet and the amount of physical activity you do; taking medicines to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol; how to lose weight or stop smoking.
An NHS Health Check takes about 20-30 minutes.
The health professional – often a nurse or healthcare assistant – will ask you some simple questions about your lifestyle and family history, measure your height and weight, take your blood pressure and do a blood test – often using a small finger prick test. From this information, they will be able to let you know if you are at risk of developing one or more health conditions.
If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.
You will then receive personalised advice to lower your risk of dementia.
If you prefer, you can ask to see a man or a woman, but the questions aren't embarrassing and you won't have to take your clothes off during the check.
For more information on NHS Health Checks please visit the following webpages:
For more information about your local health and wellbeing services visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/health