NHS health checks

NHS Health Check. Helping you prevent diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia

There are a variety of different health checks that you might be invited to attend depending on your age and gender.

NHS health checks for adults

Did you know that 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
  • stroke
  • dementia.

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 BMI will be recorded.
  • You 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.

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 will talk to you about how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

They will 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 will also be offered help to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.

Am I entitled to an NHS health check?

You're entitled to an NHS health check every five years if you're aged between 40 and 74 and not already being treated for certain long term conditions.

You will not need a check if you have had an NHS Health Check in the past five years, and if you have already been diagnosed with:

  • chronic kidney disease
  • coronary heart disease
  • diabetes
  • 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 (opens in a new window) or visit NHS Choices (opens in a new window).

Health checks at school

Throughout their time at school, children will be offered a number of health checks and vaccinations. These will only be carried out with their parent or carer's consent however.

These checks are important as they might pick up on conditions early on in a child's life, before they become more serious. 

The main types of health checks at school are listed here.

School entry health check

On starting school, your child will be offered the school entry health check. A school nurse will visit the school to check your child's:

  • height and weight
  • hearing
  • vision.

National child measurement programme

As part of this programme, children in reception class (ages four and five) and year six (ages ten and 11) are weighed and measured at school. 

When your child enters these years, you will receive a letter explaining more.

Read more about health checks and vaccinations at school (opens in a new window) at NHS Choices.

Children's health checks

Alongside the routine health checks that are carried out at school, there are other checks and screening programmes that your child might need. Your GP will talk to you about these if they feel they are necessary.

These include screening for diabetic retinopathy which is a sight-threatening condition as well as tests for anaemia, thyroid function and asthma.

Find out more about other childhood health checks and screening programmes (opens in a new window) at NHS Choices.