If you’re aged between 40 and 74, you may be eligible for a Free NHS Health Check that could help you live a longer and healthier life.
What is the NHS Health Check?
The NHS Health Check is a national prevention programme designed to help lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases which include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease.
If you are aged between 40 and 74 and have not been diagnosed with any of these conditions and have not attended an NHS Health Check in the past 5 years then you may be eligible for this Check.
What happens at a NHS Health Check?
Your NHS Health Check should take around 20-30 minutes and will involve taking basic information such as ethnicity and family history; taking measurements including BMI and blood pressure and then performing blood tests for diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
Depending on your results you may be offered advice and information on interventions that can help you to reduce this risk. These interventions can be simple lifestyle changes, for example increasing your physical activity level or losing weight; to a more supervised lifestyle intervention such as smoking cessation, weight management and structured physical activity sessions.
Where can you have a NHS Health Check?
1. At Your GP
The NHS Health Check is available from most Wandsworth GPs and you can visit or call your practice for more details or to find out if you are eligible for this check.
2. At some chemists
You can have a free NHS Health Check at the following selected pharmacies:
Northcote Pharmacy, 130 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 6QZ
Pearl Chemist, 136 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 9NH
Auckland Rogers Pharmacy, 892 Garratt Lane SW17 0NB
Nettles Pharmacy, 18 Upper Tooting Road, Tooting SW17 7PG
Healthchem Pharmacy, 4-5 Station Parade, Balham High Road, SW12 9AZ
For more information contact Sarah Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. At a mobile clinic
You can have a free NHS Health Check at one of our community mobile clinics. To find out more information about the Community NHS Health Check clinics or for an updated list of venues call freephone: 0800 061 2999, or go to www.myhealthcheckwandsworth.co.uk.