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NHS Health Checks

Even though you may be feeling great, if you’re over 40 years old you may be at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.

Free NHS Health Checks are available to people aged between 40 and 74 years. They can help assess your risk of developing these common conditions, as well as help you adjust your lifestyle to reduce these risks.

Eligibility

You can have a free NHS Health Check if you:

  • Are aged 40 to 74
  • Are a Richmond upon Thames resident or registered with a Richmond upon Thames GP
  • Have not been previously diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or stroke
  • Have not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years. Private health checks are different to the NHS Health Check, so you could still be eligible if you meet the above criteria

What happens in an NHS Health Check

A qualified health professional will conduct your NHS Health Check, which will take around 20 to 30 minutes.

The check involves taking basic information such as:

  • Ethnicity and family history
  • Measurements, including your body mass index and blood pressure
  • Performing a blood test to assess your cholesterol level

Based on the results of your NHS Health Check, you will be given tailored healthy living advice and you may be referred for further checks and support.

 

Differences between NHS and other health checks

Unlike paid-for health checks, the NHS Health Check is designed as a specified set of questions and investigations focused strictly on a set of related risk factors, to be followed by a range of risk reduction measures known to be effective for reducing common cardiovascular diseases.

Both aspects of the programme are based on NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidance (research evidence).

How to book an NHS Health Check

Call your GP or community pharmacy today to book an appointment if you meet the eligibility criteria. You can find the contact information for all NHS Health Check providers in Richmond Upon Thames below.

Local pharmacies

The following local pharmacies provide NHS Health Checks:

Participating practices

Practices participating in the NHS Health Checks scheme:

Resources

NHS Health Check offers additional information and resources for commissioners and health care professionals and for local government.

Contact

For general information about the NHS Heath Checks programme:

Email: primarycare@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 31 March 2022

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