NHS Health Checks

An NHS Health Check is a great way to get advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.

If you're aged 40 to 74, and don't have a pre-existing health condition, you'll receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free check every 5 years.

What to expect

Your blood pressure, height and weight will be checked. You will be given a small finger prick test to check your blood cholesterol and you'll also be asked some questions about your lifestyle and family history.

The check will identify the risk of you developing heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia in the future. You'll be given personalised advice based on your results.

Where to get one

Most people will get an invite from their GP and will book in with the practice nurse or another healthcare professional at the surgery. However, some people may not be offered this service by their GP, or might want to have a check somewhere more convenient to them.

Some health checks are run locally in supermarkets, high streets, pubs and other community venues.