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NHS health check

What is an NHS health check?

If you’re aged 40 to 74 with no pre-existing conditions you can have an NHS health check. Think of it as a free midlife MOT to check that your important circulatory and vascular systems are healthy.

You’ll be asked some easy questions and have some simple tests done by a health professional. Most people will find that they’re perfectly well but a few people might need to make a few small lifestyle changes to ensure they stay healthy.


Why should I get checked?

As you get older, your risk of having a stroke or developing problems such as kidney disease, type 2 diabetes or heart disease increases.

That's why it's important you have an NHS health Check as it can spot early signs of these illnesses. This means you can take action to prevent them and lower your risk so you can enjoy your life for longer.

Why don't you start off by taking the heart age test to see how healthy your heart is?


Who can have one?

You should have an NHS Health Check every five years if you're aged 40 to 74 and:

  • you haven't had a stroke
  • you don't already have heart disease
  • you don't already have diabetes
  • you don't already have kidney disease

How do I get one?

If you live in one of the Everyone Health Staffordshire areas and are aged between 40 - 74 you may be invited for a check.

If you live outside of these areas and meet the criteria above then you’ll need to contact Everyone Health Staffordshire to book a check.

Did you find this webpage helpful?

If you have any feedback about this webpage please let us know by sending an email to staffordshire.connects@staffordshire.gov.uk. Thank you.

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