NHS health checks

The NHS health check is a free assessment funded by the Council. It's for people aged 40 to 74 who do not have an existing heart disease. The purpose is to prevent conditions like:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • dementia

It is an opportunity to prevent future health problems and to get advice on how to make healthy changes now.

How to book an appointment

If you are eligible, and are registered with a participating GP, you will automatically be invited once every five years. Once you get your invitation, follow the instructions to book your appointment. Alternatively, you contact your GP to request a check.

If you are concerned about your health and your GP is not participating in the programme you can contact them in the usual way to request an appointment.

You can find GPs near you using the NHS service search

What happens at a health check?

The health test will be carried out by a trained practitioner. Four basic tests will be taken:

  • Cholesterol test to find out if your cholesterol is high.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) test to determine if you are a healthy weight. 
  • Blood pressure will be tested by placing a cuff around your arm.
  • Diabetes risk assessment taking into account your BMI, blood pressure and your health questionnaire. You may be asked to do further tests if you are found to be at risk.

Before you attend you should take the NHS One You quiz.

Receiving your results

Results are usually given straight away. Sometimes you may be asked to come back at another time to collect them. Your results will be discussed with you and you will be given an overall risk assessment score, which may indicate if you are at risk for certain conditions. The healthcare professional will give you health advice based on your test to help you maintain or improve your health. They may also recommend lifestyle changes. If you are at high risk you may be referred for treatment.

More information can be found on the NHS health check website.