NHS Health Check
Prepare yourself for the future and identify ways to improve your health.
If you are aged between 40-74 and have not had a stroke or been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes then you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check. Having a Health Check will better prepare you for the future and will enable you to take steps to maintain and improve your health.
The check will take between 20-30 minutes and will involve the health professional asking you a few simple questions regarding your family history and lifestyle choices which may be putting your health at risk. The health professional will also make a note of your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity as well as test your blood pressure. They 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 and you haven't 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 inviting you for an NHS Health Check every five years.
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 and, if so, whether they can let you know when you are due to be invited.
If your GP doesn't offer the NHS Health Check, click HERE to see if your local pharmacy offers the NHS Health Check service or you could contact OneLife Suffolk using the following details:
Phone: 01473 718193
Address: OneLife Suffolk, Inspire Suffolk, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, IP3 9QX
Self-Refer: You can self-refer to OneLife Suffolk
Why should I have a Health Check?
Is there anything I can do at home?
There are loads of online interactive tools and self-assessments that can help you immediately 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? Monitor your alcohol intake with this mobile drinks tracker.
- Take the How Are You quiz created by Public Health England for an overview of your current health and wellbeing.