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, then you should have an NHS Health Check every 5 years. However, if you have any of the following conditions, you will already be under the care of a Health Professional and you do not need to have a NHS Health Check:

Heart Disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, (hypertension), atrial fibrilation, transient ischaemic attack, inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia) heart failure, peripheral arterial disease or stroke. 

You also do not need a NHS Health Check if you are currently being prescribed statins to lower your cholesterol, or if you have had a NHS Health Check in the last five years. If these circumstances apply to you, you do not need to contact Get Healthy Rotherham to book an appointment.

RMBC has commissioned Get Healthy Rotherham to manage the NHS Health Check invitation process, as well as the delivery of the checks themselves. To find out more about why you have been invited, please click here. Get Healthy Rotherham takes the security of your private information very seriously. To find out more about how we keep your data safe, please see our privacy policy here.

If you believe that you are eligible for a NHS Health Check, you can register with Get Healthy Rotherham here. You will then be contacted by a Get Healthy Coach to 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

If you are over the age of 75, you will be offered an over 75's health check annually with your GP practice.

What takes place at a NHS Health Check?

Your NHS Health Check 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 personalised lifestyle advice which may include registering with Get Healthy Rotherham if you have not already done so

At the end of your appointment, your NHS Health Check results will be sent to your GP and added to your clinical record.

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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