Health Checks - What you need to know

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family. By having your free NHS Health Check, you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health

The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put one at even greater risk. These are: being overweight, being physically inactive, not eating healthily, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults aged 40-74 years.  It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

If you are in this age-group and do not have a pre-existing condition, you should receive a letter from your GP inviting to you to attend for a Check once every five years.

Alternatively you can contact your GP surgery directly to book a health check.

For further information about the NHS Health Check, visit the NHS website NHS Health Check - NHS (

Page last reviewed: 12/10/2022

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