What is an NHS Health Check?
Think of the NHS Health Check as a free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged between 40-74 years without a pre-existing condition, it’s your chance to check your circulatory and vascular health and see what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease might be. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from us inviting you for a free NHS Health Check. Don't worry if you haven't got your invitation yet, as you will be invited for one over the next few years. If you would like one sooner, just phone the practice to book an appointment with our Practice Nurse.
Why should I get checked?
As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing something dangerous like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer. Start by taking the online heart age test to see how healthy your heart is.
What lifestyle changes can I make?
Once you've had your NHS Health Check, your healthcare professional will discuss your results with you. You'll be given advice and support to help you lower your risk and maintain or improve your vascular health. But you don't have to wait until your NHS Health Check appointment to make healthy changes. Start now with these health apps and trackers.
If you are aged between 40 and 74 ring the surgery now to book your free NHS Health Check with our Practice Nurse
Over 75s Health Check
ARE YOU OVER 75?
As of April 2014 all patients over 75 are required to have a named doctor who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that we provide. Most patients are already aware of their named doctor, but if you are unsure please follow this general rule: patients whose surname begins with the letters A - L have Dr Drury as their 'named GP' and patient's whose surname begins with the letters M - Z have Dr Kirkaldy. If your named doctor is not the doctor you usually prefer to see, this is not a problem, you may continue to see the doctor of your choice.
All patients over 75 who do not already attend the surgery for an annual review are welcome to book a health check with the Practice Nurse. The Practice Nurse will check your blood pressure, weight, height, urine and enquire about any health needs. Please book with the receptionist if you wish to have a health check.
Are you worried about an older or vulnerable adult being abused or neglected?
The RCGP has produced a really useful Adult Safeguarding Kit for GPs which is available at: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/toolkits/safeguarding-adults-at-risk-of-harm-toolkit.aspx