NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check is a check-up for adults in England aged 40 to 74. It can help spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.  You can expect to receive a letter or text message from your GP surgery inviting you for an NHS Health Check every 5 years, and this can be carried out either at your GP surgery or at the North Solihull enhanced access hub.

What Happens?

The check takes about 20 to 30 minutes. 

You will be asked some simple questions, including:

  • whether any of your close relatives have had the illnesses being checked for
  • if and how much you smoke
  • how much alcohol you drink, if any
  • how much physical activity you do

weight and height will be measured to work out if you are a healthy weight for their height.

Waist may also be measured 

Your age, gender and ethnicity will be recorded.

Blood pressure and pulse will be taken too.

You will have a blood test either before or at the check

You may also have a small sample of blood taken from your finger during the appointment to check your cholesterol level and your blood sugar level.

Blood tests will be returned back to your registered practice and they will then complete any issues regarding that test.


More information is available here:  NHS Health Check - NHS (www.nhs.uk)