NHS health checks and screening

NHS Health Check

The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health.

It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • stroke.

During the check-up you'll also discuss how to reduce your risk of these conditions and dementia.

If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

Your NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing these health problems and give you personalised advice on how to reduce them.

It's free of charge, including any follow-up tests or appointments.

Once you reach the age of 65 you'll continue to be invited to a variety of NHS health checks, and there will also be some new ones.

Find out more about the NHS Health Check.

NHS screening

NHS screening is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem, so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions.

These are the screening tests that you may be offered after you reach the age of 50:

  • cervical cancer screening
  • breast cancer screening
  • bowel cancer screening
  • diabetic eye screening
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.

Find out more about NHS screening.

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