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NHS Health Checks

What are these health checks for?

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 – even if you have a history of them in your family.  Have your FREE NHS Health Check and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health

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There are certain things that will put you at great risk of developing these diseases and they are

  • being overweight
  • being physically inactive
  • not eating healthily
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

If you are aged between 40-74 and have not already been diagnosed with any of the conditions mentioned above, you may not receive an invite immediately from your GP but should have an invite once every 5 years. If you are concerned about any aspect of your health you should contact your GP.

The check will last about 20-30 minutes and you’ll be asked some simple questions.  For example, about your family history and choices which may put your health at risk.  Your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity will be recorded and your blood pressure taken.  There will also be a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

This helpful tool can help answer your questions about why to have a Health Check, what to expect, the pros and cons, useful apps and much more.


These results will be discussed with you and how you can reduce your risk and stay healthy. You’ll be taken through your results and told what they mean, some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results.   Some people will require further investigation for such things as type 2 diabetes, blood pressure and kidney disease. Some people may require medication to maintain their health.

Find out which GP practices are delivering health checks in your local area by emailing the Public Health Team.  You may also be offered a health check in your workplace or other community venue.  

More information is available on the NHS choices website where further support can be found to help you reduce your risk, or you can use the tool below.

If you would like to speak to someone about local opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing please contact Healthy Cornwall  where you can get free, friendly advice. Please call 01209 615600, 

Alison Fry from Trescobeas Surgery

"The Health Check info that I read inspired me to loose weight.  I had a health check and joined weight watchers, Ships and Castle GP referral and the Phil website.  To date I've lost 9½ stone and 39cm from round my waist and my cholesterol has lowered from 5.7 to 3.1. I thought these were some good facts to use."