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NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks explained

As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions such as stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.  


A free NHS Health Check can be carried out every five years to support your healthy lifestyle, and help to identify any conditions early in order to reduce future risk.

What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a free check-up for adults aged between 40-74. It can help to identify if you are at a higher risk of developing health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or stroke and discuss ways to reduce this risk.

Who is eligible?

Any adult aged between 40-74 who does not have any of the stated health conditions may be eligible to receive an NHS Health Check every five years. Click here to view the full list of eligibility.​


What to expect at your NHS Health Check?

Your NHS Health Check should last between 20-30 minutes. You will be asked some questions around your current lifestyle and family history as well as some basic measurements and a simple blood test.

Following your NHS Health Check

The person delivering your NHS Health Check will explain your results to you and provide you with personalised advice around how to reduce risks and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This may include advice around improving your diet, increasing your exercise level or stopping smoking. You may be referred to local services to further help you make changes. Some individuals may need to attend their GP surgery for further tests and medication may be prescribed to help you maintain your health.

Understanding the results from your NHS Health Check

Your health trainer will explain your results to you and provide some brief advice around how to reduce risks and maintained a healthy lifestyle.

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Our recent blog provides further information to help you understand your NHS Health Check results. Click here or on the image of the blog cover to read the 'Understanding your NHS Health Check' blog.

How to arrange your Health Check

In Northumberland, you can currently book a Health Check at your local GP surgery, and you should receive an invitation every five years if you are eligible.


The Health Trainer Service with Northumberland County Council are now providing NHS Health Checks in the community. These checks will take place in community venues including leisure centres and community hubs. Please note, it is not possible to pre-book an NHS Health Check with the Health Trainer service.


Check out our events page for information on the next Health Trainer led NHS Health Check event.


For more information on NHS Health Checks, click here.

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