NHS Health Check

What exactly is a NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a free assessment of your overall health for people aged between 40 and 74. Its purpose is to spot the early signs of a variety of long term health conditions such as stroke, kidney disease, dementia and type 2 diabetes. 

Am I eligible for a NHS Health Check?

If you’re aged between 40 and 74 and you haven’t had a stroke or been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, then you should have an NHS Health Check every 5 years.

If you register with Get Healthy Rotherham, you can see if you are eligible to have a NHS Health Check and arrange an appointment.

If you don't live in Rotherham but are still interested in finding out if you are eligible for a NHS Health Check, you can see where the services are provided in the surround areas here: Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, and Bassetlaw

What takes place at a NHS Health Check?

It will take about 20-30 minutes. During the check your Get Healthy Coach will:

  • Ask you simple questions about the medication you take and your family history
  • Measure your height and weight and record your age, sex and ethnicity
  • Take your blood pressure
  • Do a simple fingerprick blood test
  • Calculate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Provide some personalised lifestyle advice which may include registering with Get Healthy Rotherham if you have not already done so

I’ve already had a NHS Health Check, but I would like to know more about making lifestyle changes

To speak to a Get Healthy Coach for advice and to find out what support is available, click here.

Our top tips

  • Helping you prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Stroke and Dementia
  • Get to know your numbers! For instance, your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Silent problems which may not have any symptoms can be uncovered
  • You can have a 1:1 health chat as part of your Health Check
  • Spot early signs to help prevent these happening to you


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