Free NHS health checks - healthy workplaces

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40 to 74. Your free health check can spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or 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 and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer.

How do I get an NHS health check?

If you're in the 40 to 74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years.

If you have not heard from your GP, but think you are due your NHS Health Check, speak to your GP Practice to find out more.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 pressures, some surgeries are unable to offer NHS Health Checks for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, you may want to try this online Heart Age test.

What happens at an NHS Health Check?

  • The check takes about 20 to 30 minutes
  • The person is asked some simple questions. For example, about their family history and any medication they are currently taking.
  • Height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity will all be recorded
  • Blood pressure will be taken
  • A simple blood test to check your cholesterol level

How can I improve my test results?

Once you've had your NHS Health Check, your healthcare professional will discuss your results with you. You'll be given advice to help you lower your risk of a stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes or dementia, and maintain or improve your health. But you don't have to wait until then to make healthy changes.

Take the How Are You quiz and start now with these health apps and trackers.

Information for employers

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia - the good news is that these conditions can often be prevented.

Businesses can register an interest for their staff to have NHS Health Checks carried out at work. Currently, Health MOTs are offered in the workplace by our Workplace Health Team. To find out more about both schemes, contact Andrew Machaeson at Andrew.machaeson@northnorthants.gov.uk.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia - the good news is that these conditions can often be prevented.

After the NHS Health Check, the results are discussed with the person, and they are given personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

Where an NHS Health Check takes place in a workplace setting, information from the check is transferred, securely, to the person’s GP so that it is available to the person and their GP in the future.