NHS Health Check
Who is NHS Health Check for?
NHS Health Check is a new national programme for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74 who do not already have diabetes, stroke, heart and kidney disease or are treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.
What is an NHS Health Check?
NHS Health Check is a 20-30 minute check to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Even if you are feeling well, an NHS Health Check can work with you to lower your chance of developing these health problems in the future.
In the consultation you will be asked some simple questions and information about your height, weight and ethnicity will be recorded.
Simple tests such as blood pressure and usually a finger prick test for cholesterol will be taken.
Your results will be discussed with you and you will be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
You may be informed about local services that can support you to make changes.
Some people may need to have further blood tests at their GP surgery. Treatment or medication may be prescribed to help maintain your health.
This check is offered because everybody is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
How and where can I have an NHS Health Check?
NHS Health Checks are available at participating GP surgeries, pharmacy sites and community clinics across West Sussex.
If you fit the eligibility criteria for a NHS Health Check and are registered with one of the GP practices offering them, you may be invited in to have a NHS Health Check.
You can also talk to your GP directly to book a NHS Health Check, call into one of the participating pharmacies, or attend one of the outreach clinics.
If your GP surgery is not offering the service: