What is the free NHS health check?
The free NHS health check is a programme that aims to reduce these conditions, which affect the body in different ways, but are all linked by a common set of risk factors. Having one of these conditions can increase your risk of developing another and, together, they are the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK.
- Heart disease – occurs when the artery that supplies blood to the heart becomes blocked.
- Stroke – deprives your brain of blood and is a medical emergency.
- Diabetes – when the body cannot use sugar (glucose) properly. Diabetes can raise your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
- Kidney disease – when the kidneys don’t work properly, it can cause serious health problems.
Dementia – a set of symptoms that affect the normal functions of the brain, which could be caused by stroke or blood circulation problems.
What does the health check involve?
- The check will take about 20 minutes.
- You will be asked some simple questions, including some about your family history and lifestyle choices, which may put your health at risk.
- We will record your height, weight, age, sex, and ethnicity.
- We will take your blood pressure.
- We will do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level and blood sugar level.
What happens after the check?
- You will be taken through your results and what they mean.
- Some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results.
- You will be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Some people with raised blood pressure will have their kidneys checked through a blood test.
- Some people may need to have another blood test to check for type 2 diabetes. Your health professional will be able to tell you more.
- Treatment or medication may be prescribed to help you maintain your health.
If you want to book an appointment call the surgery on: 01214757997