WHAT IS THE NHS HEALTH CHECK?
If you’re aged between 40 and 74, you may be eligible for a FREE NHS Health Check that can help you live a longer and healthier life.
The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. If you don’t already have one of these conditions, you can have a NHS health check once every five years.
Visit the NHS website for more information about the NHS Health Check programme.
What happens at an NHS Health Check?
- The check will take no longer than 30 minutes.
- You’ll be asked some simple questions about your family history and any medication you’re taking.
- Your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity will be recorded.
- Your blood pressure will be taken.
- If eligible a simple blood test will be done to check your cholesterol and, in some cases, your blood sugar levels.
- You’ll be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
To book your free NHS Health Check ring 0151 934 2352
We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health, both in preventing disease and in treating existing diseases. Prevention really is better than cure. Many of the most serious diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and without need for drugs. Please feel free to discuss general health and your lifestyle and ask for advice. Below are some of the ways that can help you to live not only a longer, but also a fitter and more enjoyable life.
This is the single largest preventable cause of ill health in this country.
It is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, angina and chest disease. If you would like advice and help giving up please ask.
Local support to quit smoking can be obtained by contacting Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000
None of the staff in this practice smoke.
A healthy diet not only helps control weight but also reduces cholesterol and helps prevent heart attacks. Ask the nurse for advice.
Recommended safe limits for alcohol have recently been changed to 14 units per week for both men and women.
One unit of alcohol is equivalent to half a pint of regular strength beer, or a small glass of wine.
Ideally aim for at least 3-4 alcohol free days per week.
If you are struggling to cut down your drink, you can get advice from Alcoholics Anonymous or Change4Life. Alternatively speak to your GP or nurse for advice.
Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease as well as reduce weight and makes you feel better. If you are overweight or out of shape please ask for advice before starting vigorous exercise.
High blood pressure can, in the long term, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. All adults are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years - if you have not had yours checked recently please ask the nurse or doctor.