NHS Health Check


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Prepare yourself for the future and identify ways to improve your health

The NHS Health Check is a free health check-up for adults aged 40-74 in England. As we get older we are at a higher risk of developing conditions such as stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia. Having an NHS Health Check helps you to find ways to lower your risk of these conditions. 

The check will usually take between 20-30 minutes. This will involve the health practitioner asking you a few simple questions about you and your lifestyle. They will take your blood pressure, height and weight. The health practioner will also complete a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

How do I get my free NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is for people aged 40 to 74 who do not have a pre-existing condition (see list here). 

If this applies to you, you should receive an invite letter from your GP surgery once every five years. Once you receive your invite letter you can book an appointment at your GP Surgery. You can also take your invite letter to a participating pharmacy or OneLife Suffolk if you are unable to access your GP Surgery.

If you have not received an invite letter but think you may be eligible for an NHS Health Check you can contact a participating pharmacy or OneLife Suffolk to book an appointment. OneLife Suffolk may also be able to offer some workplace NHS Health Checks, please contact them for more information. 

Participating Pharmacies are:


Barbour Pharmacy

119 Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 2LW

01473 254618



Day Lewis PLC Pharmacy (Bury)

Unit 7, St Olaves Precinct, Howard Estate, IP32 6SP

01284 754236


Lloyds Pharmacy (Orchard St)

Orchard St Medical Centre, Orchard St, Ipswich, IP4 2PU

01473 210780



OneLife Suffolk can be contacted at:  

Phone: 01473 718193

Email: info@onelifesuffolk.co.uk


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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 if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes with this quick and simple test.
  • Find out if you're at risk of kidney disease with this quick and simple test.
  • 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 April 2021. Next Review October 2021