NHS Health Check
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 some conditions. These are conditions such as stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Having a NHS Health Check allows you to find ways to lower your risk of these conditions.
The check will take between 20-30 minutes. This will involve the health professional asking you a few simple questions. They will take your blood pressure, height and weight. The health professional will also complete a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.
How do I get my free NHS Health Check?
You can have an NHS Health Check if you're aged 40-74. You also must not have had a stroke, or don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease.
If this applies to you, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP. They will invite you for an NHS Health Check every five years.
Once you receive your invite letter you can book an appointment at your GP Practice. You can also take this letter with you to a participating pharmacy to have your NHS Health Check. A list of participating pharmacies is accessible via Suffolk NHS Health Checks Pharmacy page. Please note this page is in development and will be live shortly. Participating pharmacies from 1st April 2020 onwards are currently being finalised.
What should I do if I feel unwell now?
If you're worried about your health, don't wait for your NHS Health Check. Contact your GP, or call NHS 111 for advice.
Is there anything I can do to get an NHS Health Check other than wait to be invited?
You could ask your GP whether they offer the NHS Health Check. If your GP practice carries out the NHS health check you can ask when you might be due to be invited in for one.
If your GP doesn't offer the NHS Health Check, you can see if your local pharmacy offers the service. You can find this via Suffolk NHS Health Checks Pharmacy page. (This page is in development and will be live shortly).
OneLife Suffolk not longer offers outreach Health Checks. OneLife Suffolk only offers free NHS Health Checks in some workplaces. If your workplace is interested in having NHS Health Checks in-house please contact OneLife Suffolk by;
Phone: 01473 718193
Address: OneLife Suffolk, Inspire Suffolk, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, IP3 9QX
Why should I have a NHS Health Check?
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 2020. Next Review October 2020