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Free NHS Health Check

Dave Bennett

Want to look after your health?

If you're aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.
It's a great way to check your health and get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active. Think of it as your health MOT.

What is an NHS Health Check?

Your NHS Health Check is to make sure some of your body's most important systems are all running smoothly and it helps to spot any potential problems before they cause real damage.
Your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked and your results given to you. The check is free of charge, including any follow-up tests or appointments.

Why is an NHS Health Check important?

As we get older, we have a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
Your NHS Health Check can spot the early signs of these and help prevent them.

More time with your loved ones

By attending your NHS Health Check and making healthy changes, you're more likely to live longer and have more quality time with your family and your friends.

Live independently for longer

By looking after your health, you'll be less likely to need extra support from other people, including your family. This means you'll be able to take care of yourself in your own home for longer. If you become unwell, the quality of your day-to-day life will be affected.

Staying happy

Keeping healthy is good for your emotional wellbeing as well as your body. Being unwell can mean you're unable to do the things you love and make you happy, like seeing friends or taking part in activities or hobbies

Do something now

If you're 40 to 74 and don’t have a pre-existing health condition you are eligible free NHS Health Check.

If you are eligible please contact your GP to book an appointment, or call 024 7696 1590 to identify other community venues near you.

You can also contact the Health Information Centre - based at the main entrance of University Hospital - for information on conditions, treatments, local and national support groups and much more. Call the centre on 024 7696 6051 or email

Dr Dawn Harper from Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies explains what's involved in an NHS Health Check in this video:




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