NHS health checks for adults
If you're aged between 40 and 74 then you may be entitled to a free NHS health check.
The health check aims to reduce your chance of developing five different serious diseases:
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- kidney disease
It helps you understand how you can lower your risk of developing one of these conditions.
You'll be asked some questions about your general health and lifestyle and have a few straightforward health tests.
What happens at the check
The checks will be carried out by a qualified health care assistant.
- the check will take between 20 and 30 minutes
- you'll be asked some simple questions, for example, about your family history and any lifestyle choices which may put your health at risk
- your height, weight and body mass index will be recorded
- your age, sex and ethnicity will be noted
- your blood pressure will be taken
- a finger prick blood test will be carried out to check your cholesterol level, or you may be asked to go for a blood test before booking your NHS health check appointment
What happens after the check
The health professional who carries out your health check will give you your results there and then unless your blood test has to be sent away for analysis.
They'll talk to you about how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
They'll also discuss any changes you may want to make to improve your health and you may be asked to do further tests.
You'll have the chance to ask questions too.
If you need it you'll also be offered help to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.
Entitlement to an NHS health check
You're entitled to an NHS health check every 5 years if you're aged between 40 and 74 and not already being treated for certain long term conditions.
You'll not need a check if you have had an NHS Health Check in the past 5 years, and if you've already been diagnosed with:
- chronic kidney disease
- coronary heart disease
- heart attack
- heart condition (atrial fibrillation)
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- stroke or mini stroke
Find out more
Health checks are available in GPs surgeries across Derbyshire. You can book a check by contacting your GP surgery directly.
You can find out more about the NHS health checks or visit NHS Choices.