Healthy Living - NHS Health Check

Lion Health offers free NHS health checks for individuals aged between 40 and 74. You will be invited to attend a clinic.

Why attend an NHS health check?

An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It's for adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who haven't already been diagnosed with any of those four diseases.

If you're eligible for an NHS Health Check, you'll be invited for a check once every five years. At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed, and you'll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk.

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

What will happen at the NHS Health Check?

There are two parts to NHS Health Check. First, you will be asked a few simple questions and have a few straightforward health tests. These will allow an assessment of your risk of developing four diseases: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.

 

The check will take around 20-30 minutes:

  • You'll be asked some simple questions about your family history, and any medication you're taking.
  • Your height, weight, sex, ethnicity and age will be recorded.
  • Your blood pressure will be taken.
  • A simple blood test will check your cholesterol level. This will be done prior to your attendance at the clinic.
  • Your body mass index (BMI) will be calculated. BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height.

You'll be given advice and support on maintaining good health, and on lifestyle changes that will help you to improve your health. If necessary, you'll be offered treatments that will help: for example, medicine to lower raised blood pressure or cholesterol.