The NHS Health Check is a free check for adults to assess your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.
Who is it for?
Health checks are for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74 who do not already have one of these conditions or do not have certain risk factors.
If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health you should contact your GP.
Health checks are offered every five years and you will be given support and advice to help you reduce or manage any health risks that you may have.
Public Health Wiltshire is responsible for commissioning the NHS Health Check which is carried out by local GP practices. Wiltshire’s GPs invite their registered patients for the assessment, unless they already have diagnosed cardiovascular disease.
Patients are invited in the year they reach the following ages: 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 74.
What happens at a health check?
The check will take about 20 minutes:
- Simple questions will be asked about your diet, family history, and any medication you are taking.
- Your height, weight, blood pressure, age, sex and ethnicity will be recorded.
- Cholesterol levels will be checked with a simple blood test.
- Results will be discussed and explained.
- Advice will be given on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For further information go to NHS Health Check.
Last updated: 14 July 2015