What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is.


Why should I get checked?

As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing something dangerous like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer. Start by taking the online heart age test to see how healthy your heart is.


How do I get an NHS Health Check?

If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, we will write to invite you for a free NHS Health Check. Don't worry if you haven't got your invitation yet, as you will be invited for one over the next few years. In the meantime, you don't have to wait. There are other ways of getting your health checked.


I've had an invitation letter. What do I do now?

Call the surgery and tell the Receptionist that you would like to make an appointment for an NHS Health Check. Health Check appointments are offered at specific clinic times, so it is important that you tell the Receptionist what you wish to book.


You don't have to wait

Don't worry if you haven't got your invitation yet, you will be invited for one over the next few years. If you've already had an NHS Health Check, you can expect to have another one in five years' time. If you're eager to take control of your health, you don't have to wait for an NHS Health Check – read about what you can do now.


To learn more about free NHS Health Checks, visit the NHS Health Check website.