Take control of your health with a free NHS Health Check

27 June 2014

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If you're aged between 40 and 74 you could be eligible for a free NHS Health Check at participating venues in Surrey. It's quick, easy and free and could make a big difference to your health, and life, in the long term by working out your risk of developing five serious but preventable illnesses - strokes, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and kidney disease. Even if you feel healthy now, it's still important to have a check.

Why do I need an NHS Health Check?
The sobering fact of the matter is that together, the five vascular conditions identified by the NHS Health Check are the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK, affecting more than 4 million people. The check will help you identify your risk of developing these conditions so you can take the best course of action to stay healthy and active for longer.

What will happen at the check?
The check will only take about 20-30 minutes and you'll be asked a few straightforward questions about your family history and the lifestyle choices which may put your health at risk. Your healthcare professional will make a note of your weight, age, sex and ethnicity before taking your blood pressure. You'll also have your cholesterol measured.

What happens after the check?
Your healthcare professional will talk you through the results and give you personalised advice to help you stay healthy. This could include:

  • Making a few small changes to your lifestyle such as trying to be more active.

  • Having a blood test to check for kidney problems or type 2 diabetes. Your health professional will be able to tell you more about this.

  • Being prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

How do I get an NHS Health Check?
If you're under 74 and haven't previously had a stroke or been diagnosed with heart disease, kidney disease, dementia or diabetes go to www.healthysurrey.org.uk/healthchecks to see whether you're eligible for a check. You'll also be able to find out about booking an appointment with your nearest provider.