NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks

Adults between 40 and 74 years old that do not have ongoing medical conditions will receive an invitation to have an NHS Health Check every 5 years.

The free NHS Health Check will let you have a clear picture of your own health and what you can do to improve it.

It will also help you take steps to reduce your risk of getting conditions such as:

Everybody can develop these conditions but you can take action to prevent and lower your chance of getting them.

NHS Health Checks at 40 - your mid-life MOT

An NHS Health Check is essentially like an MOT – checking how you are operating and that everything is in order.

The NHS Health Check website tells you everything you need to know.

What the NHS Health Check tells you

If there is anything found in your NHS Health Check that needs looking at, you can take steps to prevent it becoming an issue or getting worse.

The risk of developing conditions like diabetes and heart disease also increase as we get older, so keeping an eye on things is sensible.

It is also important to monitor your health more closely if you:

  • are overweight
  • do not exercise regularly
  • are a smoker
  • have high blood pressure or high cholesterol

You can find out more from the NHS Health Check website.

Getting an NHS Health Check

If you are registered with a GP most people should receive an invitation letter from their GP for their first NHS Health Check around the time of their 40thbirthday.

You will then receive an invitation every 5 years.

If you have not received an invitation you should not worry. You can ask your GP about having one, and you can also have an NHS Health Check at:

  • your local Health Hub from Health Exchange at Chelmsley Wood or Hobs Moat libraries
  • the You+ Shop in Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre for your NHS Health Check

You can also visit the online NHS Health Check service search for Solihull.

NHS Health Check process

NHS Health Checks are usually conducted by a healthcare professional in your doctor’s surgery but from time to time can be provided elsewhere, such as from mobile units.

Your NHS Health Check will take around 30 minutes.

You will be asked a few simple questions about your family history and any medicines you are currently taking. You will also be asked a few questions about your lifestyle.

Measurements will be taken for your height and weight, and your age, gender and ethnicity will be recorded.

Your blood pressure will also be taken along with a basic blood test to check your cholesterol level.

After the check you will have a discussion about the results and your risk of developing certain medical conditions.

You will be given any advice to help you live a healthy lifestyle, lower your risk and discuss if any further treatment or medication is needed.

Help after your NHS Health Check

There is plenty of help in Solihull to support you to a healthy lifestyle and to achieve any goals you want, whether that is to:

The Information and Advice Hubs are a good place to seek support and find out where you can go for help and activities to get healthy too. You can visit the hubs in:

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