The NHS Health Checks Programme is a public health programme in England for people aged 40-74 which aims to keep people well for longer. It is a screening and risk assessment process with the aim of preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes, heart, and kidney disease and stroke. Each check takes 30 minutes to complete and consists of both physiological measurements i.e. blood pressure, pulse and weight measurements, as well as questions about lifestyle issues i.e. smoking. Those who participate receive a detailed booklet containing their results.
Together diabetes, heart and kidney disease and stroke make up a third of the difference in life expectancy between the most deprived areas and the rest of the country. Addressing these differences is a key aim of the programme.
The programme also aims to reduce the levels of alcohol related harm - everyone attending an NHS health check will have the option to have their alcohol intake risk assessed, and smokers will also be risk assessed and offered brief intervention around quitting and an appropriate referral if required. The programme also aims to raise awareness of the signs of vascular dementia and where people can go for help. This advice is for those clients who attend the check aged 65-74 and they will be informed of the signs and symptoms of dementia and sign posted to help if needed. Physical activity levels are also assessed as part of the programme.
If you are eligible please contact your GP to book an appointment, or call 024 7696 1590 to identify other community venues near you.
For more information visit www.healthcheck.nhs.uk/public/