NHS Health Checks

If you are aged 40 – 74 and live in Norfolk, or are registered with a Norfolk GP practice, you could be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.

The NHS Health Check is a free health check-up for adults in England aged 40 to 74. It's designed to spot early signs of:

  • stroke
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • dementia

As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

During the check-up you'll also discuss how to reduce your risk of these conditions and dementia. 

If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for. 

Find out if you are eligible for an NHS Health Check

The NHS Health Check will take about 20-30 minutes, during which:

  • You’ll be asked some simple questions about your family history and lifestyle
  • Your height, weight, gender, ethnicity and age will be recorded
  • Your blood pressure will be taken
  • You will have a simple fingertip blood test to check your cholesterol level

After the NHS Health Check you might be offered any of the following:

  • Tailored advice and information on any individual part of the assessment and your overall risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Referral to services to help you to manage your weight and any other lifestyle issues (if required)
  • Referral to your GP for management of cardiovascular risk (as appropriate)

Why have an NHS Health Check?

Having your free NHS Health Check will help you to be better prepared for the future by identifying risks early and taking steps to reduce them. This will improve your chances of maintaining or improving your health as you get older.

Where can I get my NHS Health Check?

NHS Health Checks are available in most GP surgeries (their patients only) and at some pharmacies across the county (any Norfolk resident). However, your GP or local pharmacy may suggest you book your health check with REED Wellbeing if they are not able to offer you an appointment.

REED Wellbeing offer free NHS Health Checks in local community venues in support of Norfolk GPs and pharmacies.

Book a free NHS Health Check with REED Wellbeing