NHS Health Check is a national programme in England for people between the ages of 40 and 74. It is a free 30 minute check to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. This check is offered because everybody is at risk of developing these health problems, having an NHS Health Check can help you to lower your chance of developing them.
You can have an NHS Health Check once every five years and most people in the age range are eligible but there are some exceptions. If you already have any of the conditions mentioned above or you are already being treated for high cholesterol or high blood pressure then you will not be eligible.
At your check you will be asked some simple questions about your family history and ethnicity, you will have your height and weight measured, your blood pressure and pulse rate will be taken along with a finger prick test to measure your cholesterol. If you are aged 65 plus you will also receive information about the signs and symptoms of dementia and support services.
Your results will be discussed with you and you will be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may be informed about local services that can support you to make changes. You may be referred on to your GP surgery for further blood tests or for treatment or medication to help you to maintain your health.
Watch the NHS Choices videos for some personal experiences of people who have had the check.
NHS Health Checks are available at participating GP surgeries, pharmacy sites and community clinics across West Sussex.
If you fit the eligibility criteria for a NHS Health Check and are registered with one of the GP practices offering them, you may be invited in to have a NHS Health Check.
You can also talk to your GP directly to book a NHS Health Check, call into one of the participating pharmacies, or attend one of the outreach clinics.
Find out which GP practices are currently offering NHS Health Checks in West Sussex.
If your GP surgery is not offering the service:
If you are a resident of East Sussex, please click the link below for further details: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/healthadvice/healthchecks/default.htm
If you are a resident of Brighton or Hove, please click on the link below for further details:
Telephone: 01273 294589
Find out more about NHS Health Checks on the One You website.