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NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. It is available to adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition. 

The NHS Health Check usually takes around 20 minutes to perform and includes a range of health and lifestyle questions, as well as checks on blood pressure and pulse rate, and a blood test for cholesterol.

You will then have the opportunity to discuss your health check results, including what your risk is of developing a heart or circulatory disease in the next 10 years and any practical steps you can take to help reduce this. 

How to get an NHS Health Check

In Waltham Forest, NHS Health Checks are delivered by GP practices and you will be invited to attend one by your practice. Keep an eye out for a letter or text message asking you to book an appointment. 

What will I get checked

As we get older we have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs of these and help prevent them happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer. 

The health check could also pick up on existing conditions, which might otherwise have not been detected, so you can start getting the right treatment sooner. 

Find out more

Get more information about NHS Health Checks on One You, where you'll find a range of support on making positive changes to your lifestyle. You can also take their free How are You? quiz, which gives you personalised recommendations on what small changes could make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.

Find out more about making lifestyle changes with help to stop smoking and maintaining a healthy weight.

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