NHS Health Check


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Finding out about your health now can prepare you for good health in the future 


The NHS Health Check is a free health check-up for adults aged 40 to 74. You can have this check-up every 5 years.

Having an NHS Health Check helps you to find ways to lower your risk of getting:

  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • stroke
  • type 2 diabetes 
  • dementia 

What happens at a NHS Health Check?


  • The check will be carried out by a GP, a pharmacist or OneLife Suffolk 
  • It takes between 20 and 30 minutes
  • You will be asked few simple questions about you and your lifestyle
  • They will take your blood pressure, height and weight
  • You can have a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level


How to book your free NHS Health Check


You can book an appointment

  • at your GP Surgery
  • with OneLife Suffolk
  • at a participating pharmacy

You cannot have an NHS Health Check if you already have the following health conditions found here). You should have regular check-ups if you have one of these conditions. Your care team will be able to give you more information about this.

If you are 40 and over you should receive an NHS Health Check invite letter from your GP surgery. Take the letter with you to your appointment


NHS Health Check participating pharmacies:


Bury St Edmunds

Day Lewis PLC Pharmacy, 7 St Olaves Precinct Howard Estate, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6SP. 01284 754236


Station Pharmacy (Vyne Ltd), Unit 1 Cattlepens, Station Road, Elmswell, IP30 9HD. 01359 242868


David Holland Pharmacy, Norton Road, Haverhill, CB9 8LU. 01440 713365


Aqua Pharmacy, 52 Duke Street, Ipswich, IP3 0AQ. 01473 225 266

Barbour Pharmacy, 119 Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 2LW. 01473 254618

Burlington Pharmacy, 14 Burlington Road, Ipswich IP1 2EU. 01473 221022

Woodbridge Road Pharmacy Ltd, 102 – 104 Lacey Street, Ipswich IP4 2PH. 01473 286 203


Superdrug Pharmacy, 14 The Britten Centre, Lowestoft NR32 1LR. 01502 580237


Superdrug Pharmacy, 8 North Street, Sudbury, CO10 1RB. 01787 372555


To book with OneLife Suffolk

Phone: 01473 718193

Email: info@onelifesuffolk.co.uk

Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Feedback about the NHS Health Check helps us to improve the service. If you have had a recent HealthCheck please complete the survey online at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NHSHealthCheckFeedback/


What should I do if I feel unwell now?

If you are worried about your health, do not wait for your NHS Health Check. Contact your GP, or call NHS 111 for advice


Why should I have a NHS Health Check?


Transcript of NHS Health Checks Video 1                                                                         Transcript of NHS Health Checks Video 2

Is there anything I can do at home?

There are many online materials and self-assessments that can help you get an idea of how healthy you are.

  • If you're over 30, take the online Heart Age test to see what your risk of getting heart disease or stroke is
  • Find out more about type 2 diabetes 
  • Find out more about kidney disease 
  • Use the BMI calculator to see whether you're a healthy weight for your height. If you're overweight, it will also tell you what your daily calorie range should be to help you lose weight.
  • Could you be drinking too much? Check your alcohol intake with this mobile drinks tracker
  • Public Health England have created the How Are You quiz. This is where you can assess your current health and wellbeing. 

Page reviewed and updated November 2021. Next Review May 2022