For your information: What does a health check Include?

NHS health checks help identify health risks, but do you know exactly what they are and how often you should have them?

Health checks are offered free on the NHS to anyone over 40. The test takes around 20 to 30 minutes.  A variety of tests are involved which look at your cardiovascular risk (heart and circulation) as well as blood and urine tests, x-rays, ultrasonography, and lung function test.

Frequently asked questions

What are health checks?

NHS health checks is a free check-up of your health. Getting a check-up can detect or help identify whether you’re at risk of things like:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • stroke
  • dementia

You’ll also be given advice on how to prevent these conditions through lifestyle changes.

Who is eligible for an NHS health check?

Ever wondered what the over 40 health check is? This is the same thing as an NHS health check. If you’re between the ages of 40 and 74 you’ll be invited for a free check-up every five years. People under the age of 40 are not eligible for health checks due to younger people having less risk of health complications and conditions. If you have any questions, you should contact your GP.

Can you get a full check up at the doctors?

Yes — you can receive health checks your GP surgery, local pharmacy, or even your local library or leisure centre. Find NHS health check locations in your area.

How often should you see your doctor?

This largely depends on your health and age and varies from person to person.

The average patient aged over 30 contacts their doctor’s surgery 2-3 times per year, but some may do so more frequently, and many do not contact their GP at all.

Conditions like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension might not have symptoms but might be prevalent and can be detected early by a doctor, so it is important to make an appointment if you are feeling unwell.

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