When was the last time you had a health check? This month we would like to share everything you need to know about getting an NHS Health Check.
What is an NHS Health Check?
The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It is designed to spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. According to our Health Coach Janine, as we get older we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions, and having an NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
What goes on during an NHS Health Check?
A health check is a 1-1 assessment which usually takes 20-30 minutes. You can expect:
- Question-based lifestyle and hereditary assessments
- Blood pressure, height and weight measurements
- A blood test to check your cholesterol
Based on your results you will receive advice and support on lifestyle changes to help improve your health.
Why do I need an NHS Health Check?
An NHS Health Check can:
- Spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.
An NHS Health Check helps you understand your personal health and helps point out things in your lifestyle that could be improved in order to benefit your health and wellbeing.
- Identify issues relating to your hereditary health
NHS Health Checks can point out potential problems with your health that may otherwise go unnoticed. A NHS Health Check can help you learn more about hereditary health concerns and understand how they may (or may not) affect you, now or in the future.
- Get advice on ways to improve your health
As your body is always changing, regular NHS Health Checks can help you understand how and why your body changes, and tell you more about what could be done improve your body in its current state.
- Ask a professional questions about your health
Our trained professionals can answer any concerns or questions you might have about your health. You should never have to sit in silence with your worries when help is at hand.
- It’s free
Our NHS Health Checks are free and arranged in many convenient locations throughout the week. Did you know that we performed over 300 health checks in Haringey in 2018?
If you are over 40 and interested in learning more, click here to find out where you could get your free NHS Health Check.