A free NHS Health Check is being offered to people in North West Surrey aged 40 to 74 once every five years. Letters are being sent out to people around the date of their 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th birthdays, inviting them for the check.
The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes. These are serious conditions and there is a link between them. If there are any warning signs, then we can do something about it.
By taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions. There is good evidence for this.
Am I eligible for a free health check?
In North West Surrey you can get your check done at your GP surgery, at some local pharmacists and in some community settings. If you would like to book a health check straight away rather than wait for your invitation letter, ask at your GP surgery or book an appointment with one of the participating pharmacies.
Find out where you can have your health check
Why should I have a health check?
Age increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. Other risk factors include:
• being overweight
• lack of exercise
• high blood pressure
• high cholesterol
The check should take about 20 to 30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
Following the check you will receive personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy.
If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.
Visit NHS Choices for more detailed information on the NHS Health Check.