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What is NHS Health Check?

What happens at the health check, and how to get one

An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s for adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who haven't already been diagnosed with any of those four diseases.

If you're eligible for an NHS Health Check, you’ll be invited for a check once every five years. At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed, and you’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk.

The introduction of NHS Health Check across England started in 2009, but full implementation of the programme will take some time and is not expected until 2012/13. This means that some people may not receive their invitation to the check until after this time. Local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) will decide who to invite first, and how to contact people.

In the meantime, if you're worried about your health, contact your GP in the usual way.

The checks are likely to be offered in some local pharmacies as well as at the GPsurgery. They may also be offered at other suitable and accessible locations in your community.

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