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NHS Annual Health Checks

What are NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks are provided free of charge to Hull residents aged 40 to 74 years old who have not previously been diagnosed with a long term condition, such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. Adults who meet the eligibility criteria are advised to have a health check every 5 years.


What happens at an NHS Health Check

A face to face consultation will take place with some questions and simple tests carried out to determine the risk of developing health issues in the future.

The questions include -

  • age, gender, ethnicity
  • details of past illnesses and those of close family members
  • medications currently being prescribed ·
  • lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity and diet

The tests include -

  • blood pressure
  • body mass index (BMI)
  • blood test for cholesterol
  • blood test for diabetes and or kidney disease (in those at risk)

Once the Health Check is completed

After the health check is completed, the results will be discussed. Lifestyle advice is provided, for example on how to get help to give up smoking, to be more active, to lose weight, to eat healthily or to lower alcohol consumption. This may include a referral to other services. More information can be found on the NHS website.

Annual health checks for people with learning disabilities

Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.

During the health check, the GP or practice nurse will –

  • carry out a physical check up such as measuring your height and weight, blood pressure. ]
  • talk to you about your lifestyle such as diet and exercise and try to help you find solutions to help you live a healthier life.
  • discuss any other health issues you may have such as epilepsy
  • talk to you about and review any medication or treatments you are having

If your learning disability has a specific cause, the GP or practice nurse will often carry out additional tests to check if there are any other health risks.

Adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability that are on the GP practice learning disability register should be invited by their GP practice to come for an annual health check. However you can talk to your GP about having your annual health check-up.

Find out more about annual health checks here (Opens in a new window)

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