NHS Health Check

What exactly is a NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a free assessment of your overall health for people aged between 40 and 74. Its purpose is to spot the early signs of a variety of long term health conditions such as stroke, kidney disease, dementia and type 2 diabetes. 

Am I eligible for a NHS Health Check?

*** ATTENTION! As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NHS Health Check Service has been suspended until further notice. If you are eligible for a NHS Health Check, you will be invited at the appropriate time in the future.***

The NHS provides an online Heart Health assessment which is available free of charge, here.

If you don't live in Rotherham but are still interested in finding out if you are eligible for a NHS Health Check, you can see where the services are provided in the surround areas here: Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, and Bassetlaw

What takes place at a NHS Health Check?

Your NHS Health Check will take about 20-30 minutes. During the check you will:

  • Be asked simple questions about the medication you take and your family history
  • Have your height and weight measured, aloing with your age, sex and ethnicity
  • Have your blood pressure taken
  • Have a simple fingerprick blood test
  • Have your risk of developing cardiovascular disease calculated
  • Have personalised lifestyle advice unique to your circumstances provided

At the end of your appointment, your NHS Health Check results will be sent to your GP and added to your clinical record.

I’ve already had a NHS Health Check, but I would like to know more about making lifestyle changes

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Our top tips

  • Helping you prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Stroke and Dementia
  • Get to know your numbers! For instance, your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Silent problems which may not have any symptoms can be uncovered
  • You can have a 1:1 health chat as part of your Health Check
  • Spot early signs to help prevent these happening to you


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