NHS Health Checks – the mystery unveiled

Christmas is coming and there will be plenty of eating, celebrating and watching TV. It’s time with people we love and care about.

A 20 minute NHS Health Check* can help you stay healthy now and for years to come. It’s a quick, easy way to check that you are as healthy as you think you are…

When you turn forty the risk of developing some diseases increases. We understand that this is not a particularly cheery thought, but forewarned is forearmed!

Think about it like this: the earlier you find out about any potential risks, the more likely a small and simple change in your lifestyle can make a difference.

What happens in a NHS Health Check?

The health professional – often a nurse or healthcare assistant – will ask you some questions about your lifestyle and family history, measure your height and weight, and take your blood pressure and do a blood test. The blood test will be done with a pin prick to your finger, so no needles.

Your blood test results can show your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. You may also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

You will then receive personalised advice to improve your risk. This could include talking about:

How and where do I get a Health Check?

  1. Each year GPs send out letters inviting their eligible* patients along to the surgery for a Health Check. If you haven’t had one yet, don’t worry. It may be that you are in the next group of people. You should have a Health Check every 5 years.
  2. If you can’t attend the appointment or don’t have a GP you can always visit Live Well Stay Well who we use to do outreach Health Checks in the community. This is to make things easier for people to attend and sessions might be held in a local library, church or sports centre.

If you are worried about anything do get in touch with your GP

You can find out more here or look out for the letter from your GP.

*To be eligible for a Health Check, you must:

  • Be aged between 40 and 74
  • Be a Bucks resident or have a Bucks GP
  • Not been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke
  • Not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years

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