Health checks

What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40 to 74. It's designed to spot 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.

Can I have an NHS Health Check?

You can have an NHS Health Check if you're aged 40 to 74 and you do not already have a pre-existing health condition listed on this page.

If you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check but have not had a letter from your GP surgery, and would like one, if you qualify for one you could telephone your surgery to ask.

Will I get an NHS Health Check from my GP surgery?

Yes. GP practices would be eligible to be paid to deliver a health check to a patient living in Bradford District if you meet the criteria.

What should I do if I’m under the age of 40 or over the age of 74?

People under the age of 40 are not included in the NHS Health Check programme because younger people have a lower risk of the health conditions tested for during the check. But if you have any questions, speak to a GP or nurse.

If you're over the age of 74 and have any questions or concerns, you should also speak to a GP or nurse as soon as possible.

Is there anything I can do to get an NHS Health Check other than wait to be invited?

You could ask your GP surgery if they offer the NHS Health Check and if they can let you know when you will be invited or if you could make an appointment to have one.

How much does an NHS Health Check cost?

If you're eligible, the NHS Health Check is free of charge, including any follow-up tests and appointments. Private health providers offer the tests available on the NHS Health Check, but you have to pay.

Online tests and tools

There are many online interactive tools and self-assessments that can help you immediately get an idea of how healthy you are.

  • If you're over 30, calculate your heart age to see what your risk of getting heart disease or stroke is.
  • Use the BMI calculator to see whether you're a healthy weight for your height. If you're overweight, it will also tell you what your daily calorie range should be to help you lose weight.
  • Could you be drinking too much? Find ways to drink less.
  • Take the How Are You quiz for an overview of your current health and wellbeing.

If you feel unwell now

If you're worried about your health, do not wait for your NHS Health Check. Contact a GP, go to NHS 111 or call 111 for advice.