Free NHS health check for over 40s. It could save your life
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Free NHS health check for over 40s. It could save your life

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Expires on 31/12/2019LocalFound 31st Dec 2018
For people aged 40 plus you are eligible for a free health check.

You will be asked about about your lifestyle and family history, measure your height and weight, and take your blood pressure and do a blood test – often using a small finger prick test.

Based on this, they will be able to give you an idea of your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

In its first five years, the NHS Health Check is estimated to have prevented 2,500 heart attacks or strokes. This is the result of people receiving treatment after their Health Check.

The latest research suggests that:

for every 27 people having an NHS Health Check, one person is diagnosed with high blood pressure
for every 110 people having a Health Check, one person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
for every 265 people having a Health Check, one person is diagnosed with kidney disease.

bbc.co.uk/new…195

You never know this could save your life or if you discover you are at higher risk of a serious condition then at least you are given the opportunity to do something about it.

Happy New Year...
Community Updates
Check your local / county council website under health and well being for details of current venues. Usually held in chemists, libraries and other local community buildings. Once you have had the test then details get passed to your GP
NHS ENGLAND ONLY

*Important info that should be added to the title...*

As not a UK-wide thing.

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My aneurysm was discovered as the result of a routine check as was my blood pressure. Saved my life
There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the exception of blood pressure checks. They are a political decision to divert attention from the many shortcomings of the NHS which are largely due to chronic underfunding and political failures. Screening for dementia does not offer any advantages in terms of early diagnosis and scares the living daylights out of people who are wrongly flagged as having possible dementia. There cannot be a single person in the country who does not know that smoking is bad for their health and that they should stop. These checks consume a large amount of resources that could be more effectively spent elsewhere in the health service. As with many screening programmes, they tend to attract the "worried well" and not the people from more deprived backgrounds who generally have poorer health.

phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu…ar/
"NHS Health Checks are associated with small increases in disease detection. There is very little data on whether people do change their behaviour or if referrals to lifestyle services change. NHS Health Checks are associated with a 3-4% increase in prescribing of statins, medications to reduce cardiovascular disease."
Edited by: "dwl99" 31st Dec 2018
northwales15 m ago

Yep, England only as usual.


I would much rather have free prescriptions throughout the year, than one free health check every FIVE years after reaching 40.
I have always kept myself very fit and slim and trained at least four days a week. Three years ago, ironically, I was cycling to the gym and was physically sick on the way. To cut a long story short, it turned out that I was lucky to be alive because the artery that is known as widow-maker, had two almost complete blockages.
So, regardless of how good you feel, or how well you eat, or how much you train, make sure that you get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked at the very least. Simple to do and takes next to no time. It is not uncommon to get absolutely no warning of an imminent life threatening attack!
Edited by: "smallsteve" 31st Dec 2018
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I had one just over 5 years ago, when I was 42. I am waiting to see when my next one will be.
I was told that it is supposed to be at aged 40 then every 5 years after that.
Had letter about this last year so went to my local health centre only to be told that they were not doing it yetwent back twice to be told the same thing
Like all in life , some profiteers have ripped off patients and the nhs .
just look at what dentists charge to save a tooth
but , Thanks ..could save your life. Get your bp and fats checked .
Most Gp surgeries make low salaries these days and there is a shortage of doctors
Edited by: "7day" 31st Dec 2018
shalton2 m ago

I had one just over 5 years ago, when I was 42. I am waiting to see when …I had one just over 5 years ago, when I was 42. I am waiting to see when my next one will be.I was told that it is supposed to be at aged 40 then every 5 years after that.


With poorly managed GP surgeries it's often missed.
However if you contact them , then they are obliged to carry out the health check.
54 and not had first one yet. Lucky if one can get a regular appt never mind a full screening
Doesn't seem to be in Wales.
Romley2 m ago

Doesn't seem to be in Wales.


Yep, England only as usual.
There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the exception of blood pressure checks. They are a political decision to divert attention from the many shortcomings of the NHS which are largely due to chronic underfunding and political failures. Screening for dementia does not offer any advantages in terms of early diagnosis and scares the living daylights out of people who are wrongly flagged as having possible dementia. There cannot be a single person in the country who does not know that smoking is bad for their health and that they should stop. These checks consume a large amount of resources that could be more effectively spent elsewhere in the health service. As with many screening programmes, they tend to attract the "worried well" and not the people from more deprived backgrounds who generally have poorer health.

phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu…ar/
"NHS Health Checks are associated with small increases in disease detection. There is very little data on whether people do change their behaviour or if referrals to lifestyle services change. NHS Health Checks are associated with a 3-4% increase in prescribing of statins, medications to reduce cardiovascular disease."
Edited by: "dwl99" 31st Dec 2018
I live in England...not doing them at my GP. When I asked they said it was due to cost-cutting!
dwl991 m ago

There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the …There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the exception of blood pressure checks. They are a political decision to give the impression that the NHS is being more effective than it is. Screening for dementia does not offer any advantages in terms of early diagnosis and scares the living daylights out of people who are wrongly flagged as having possible dementia. There cannot be a single person in the country who does not know that smoking is bad for their health and that they should stop. These checks consume a large amount of resources that could be more effectively spent elsewhere in the health service. As with many screening programmes, they tend to attract the "worried well" and not the people from more deprived backgrounds who generally have poorer health.https://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/first-eight-years-nhs-health-check-programme-review-evidence-far/"NHS Health Checks are associated with small increases in disease detection. There is very little data on whether people do change their behaviour or if referrals to lifestyle services change. NHS Health Checks are associated with a 3-4% increase in prescribing of statins, medications to reduce cardiovascular disease."


Disagree. Better to be proactive than reactive.
greenyblades4 m ago

Disagree. Better to be proactive than reactive.



Only if being proactive leads to better results. Which this doesn't.

Screening can be harmful if not backed by evidence of improved outcomes phescreening.blog.gov.uk/201…ng/
Edited by: "dwl99" 31st Dec 2018
diane37W4 m ago

I live in England...not doing them at my GP. When I asked they said it was …I live in England...not doing them at my GP. When I asked they said it was due to cost-cutting!


Well, Well .... There's a surprise, another post code lottery whether you get one or not.
is there any afterlife after the BRETIX??
I have always kept myself very fit and slim and trained at least four days a week. Three years ago, ironically, I was cycling to the gym and was physically sick on the way. To cut a long story short, it turned out that I was lucky to be alive because the artery that is known as widow-maker, had two almost complete blockages.
So, regardless of how good you feel, or how well you eat, or how much you train, make sure that you get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked at the very least. Simple to do and takes next to no time. It is not uncommon to get absolutely no warning of an imminent life threatening attack!
Edited by: "smallsteve" 31st Dec 2018
I had one last year through work and was glad I did.. was diagnosed with very high blood pressure ( never suffered with it before, never had any effects from it and it was last checked 4 months before and normal ) and was told to go to GP straight away. If I hadn’t been put on tablets to bring it down it could have been fatal. Turns out I have a growth on my thyroid. Highly recommend these.
7day20 m ago

Like all in life , some profiteers have ripped off patients and the nhs …Like all in life , some profiteers have ripped off patients and the nhs .just look at what dentists charge to save a tooth but , Thanks ..could save your life. Get your bp and fats checked .Most Gp surgeries make low salaries these days and there is a shortage of doctors


Not sure quite what you mean by "most GP surgeries make low salaries these days." GP's are on a fortune, they not only get a great salary but they also run their practices as shareholders in a business so many are probably getting their salary again in dividends. Mind you all this is pin money compared to what they get for being specialist consultants for road traffic collisions etc.
northwales15 m ago

Yep, England only as usual.


I would much rather have free prescriptions throughout the year, than one free health check every FIVE years after reaching 40.
For People with good memories only, the appointments will be weeks away when you ring up ,its difficult to remember them.
Georgedeals2 m ago

For People with good memories only, the appointments will be weeks away …For People with good memories only, the appointments will be weeks away when you ring up ,its difficult to remember them.


Now of only someone create an item with dates in, so you could put reminders in. Maybe call it a diary
northwales3 m ago

Now of only someone create an item with dates in, so you could put …Now of only someone create an item with dates in, so you could put reminders in. Maybe call it a diary


Good idea, I can't remember why you are replying to me
The NHS health checks are being carried out by private companies on behalf of the NHS and local council. Check your local council website under health well being and you should find a list of current venues. Usually they are being held in sport centres, chemists, local community buildings such as libraries etc.
There is criteria you have to meet to be able to have a check.
Not been tested In last 5 years, must be over 40, not diabetic, not taking medication for blood pressure and must be registered at a drs or live in the local authority area where the check is taking place. In some areas additional criteria applies depending upon LA budgets.
Here is details of the Buckinghamshire co council NHS health checks
healthandwellbeingbucks.org/s4s/WhereILive/Council?pageId=2074

So check your local council not dr surgery
Edited by: "rexdare" 31st Dec 2018
gazdoubleu17 m ago

Not sure quite what you mean by "most GP surgeries make low salaries these …Not sure quite what you mean by "most GP surgeries make low salaries these days." GP's are on a fortune, they not only get a great salary but they also run their practices as shareholders in a business so many are probably getting their salary again in dividends. Mind you all this is pin money compared to what they get for being specialist consultants for road traffic collisions etc.


My understanding is that most GP practices are run under a general parnership structure for pension reasons. Where this happens, GPs in the partnership share in the profits of the business (which they receive as 'drawings') and typically don't receive a salary on top of that. They also personally share in the losses and liabilities of the practice which adds an extra dimension of risk which you don't have with a limited company or LLP.

Whilst GPs are highly paid and many of them are bad at managing their practices (they are, after all, doctors not managing directors) they've put in their hours and years of training to get to where they are and I don't begrudge them for being paid as much as they do.

It's interesting to read people's comments on the usefulness of preventative screening.
"If you're aged 40-74 and you haven't had a stroke, or you don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years."

Makes me feel like I'm missing out.
northwales42 m ago

Yep, England only as usual.


Shocking considering Wales has some places with the lowest life expectancy.
Predikuesi7 m ago

"If you're aged 40-74 and you haven't had a stroke, or you don't already …"If you're aged 40-74 and you haven't had a stroke, or you don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years."Makes me feel like I'm missing out.



it's so they can get you on the great NHS/Doctor pills swindle...
steve123uk1 h, 24 m ago

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I think it goes a long way to explain WHY the NHS is run down
greenyblades48 m ago

Disagree. Better to be proactive than reactive.


I bet most people who are proactive, probably already know their BP or BMI/fat %and try be healthier . I doubt that a lot of people being told they are borderline will change. I actually have above normal blood pressure according to the recommendation and try be healthier yet my doctor doesn't seem bothered that I'm in the 145/97 and tells me its normal. So if I went by his word and wasn't already proactive then I'm pretty sure I would end up worse for it.
Hi everyone commented they haven’t had one, if you are a sandwell resident or have a sandwell GP call 0800 011 4656. They will arrange a appointment for you if eligible, I know because I work there, xx
Edited by: "sprince24" 31st Dec 2018
My aneurysm was discovered as the result of a routine check as was my blood pressure. Saved my life
steve123uk1 h, 24 m ago

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Yes matter of fact i think your right she looks very pretty and very photogenic
Georgedeals53 m ago

For People with good memories only, the appointments will be weeks away …For People with good memories only, the appointments will be weeks away when you ring up ,its difficult to remember them.


It's part of their dementia test!
Or you can question yourself, have a blood pressure taken and buy some paracetamol, which is the panache in the UK. This will save your time and avoid a depression.
Merry New Year quality
Is this only for scuba divers?
I got a letter from my GP about this service and went along a couple of years ago. I have suffered with a problem since quite young but was told, many times, I should grow out of it. I went along to this check up and explained I still suffered with the problem only to be told I'm now too old and will have to live with it!
dwl991 h, 47 m ago

There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the …There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the exception of blood pressure checks. They are a political decision to divert attention from the many shortcomings of the NHS which are largely due to chronic underfunding and political failures. Screening for dementia does not offer any advantages in terms of early diagnosis and scares the living daylights out of people who are wrongly flagged as having possible dementia. There cannot be a single person in the country who does not know that smoking is bad for their health and that they should stop. These checks consume a large amount of resources that could be more effectively spent elsewhere in the health service. As with many screening programmes, they tend to attract the "worried well" and not the people from more deprived backgrounds who generally have poorer health.https://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/first-eight-years-nhs-health-check-programme-review-evidence-far/"NHS Health Checks are associated with small increases in disease detection. There is very little data on whether people do change their behaviour or if referrals to lifestyle services change. NHS Health Checks are associated with a 3-4% increase in prescribing of statins, medications to reduce cardiovascular disease."


I think proactivity is certainly the better option where health is concerned.
marty-40142 m ago

It's part of their dementia test!


What is?
dwl992 h, 2 m ago

There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the …There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the exception of blood pressure checks. They are a political decision to divert attention from the many shortcomings of the NHS which are largely due to chronic underfunding and political failures. Screening for dementia does not offer any advantages in terms of early diagnosis and scares the living daylights out of people who are wrongly flagged as having possible dementia. There cannot be a single person in the country who does not know that smoking is bad for their health and that they should stop. These checks consume a large amount of resources that could be more effectively spent elsewhere in the health service. As with many screening programmes, they tend to attract the "worried well" and not the people from more deprived backgrounds who generally have poorer health.https://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/first-eight-years-nhs-health-check-programme-review-evidence-far/"NHS Health Checks are associated with small increases in disease detection. There is very little data on whether people do change their behaviour or if referrals to lifestyle services change. NHS Health Checks are associated with a 3-4% increase in prescribing of statins, medications to reduce cardiovascular disease."


Ok, where do I book
northwales2 h, 4 m ago

Yep, England only as usual.


Yes but in England we pay for prescriptions at nearly £9 per item.
dwl992 h, 11 m ago

There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the …There is no evidence that these health checks improve health with the exception of blood pressure checks. They are a political decision to divert attention from the many shortcomings of the NHS which are largely due to chronic underfunding and political failures. Screening for dementia does not offer any advantages in terms of early diagnosis and scares the living daylights out of people who are wrongly flagged as having possible dementia. There cannot be a single person in the country who does not know that smoking is bad for their health and that they should stop. These checks consume a large amount of resources that could be more effectively spent elsewhere in the health service. As with many screening programmes, they tend to attract the "worried well" and not the people from more deprived backgrounds who generally have poorer health.https://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/first-eight-years-nhs-health-check-programme-review-evidence-far/"NHS Health Checks are associated with small increases in disease detection. There is very little data on whether people do change their behaviour or if referrals to lifestyle services change. NHS Health Checks are associated with a 3-4% increase in prescribing of statins, medications to reduce cardiovascular disease."


What a tool. Of course their is evidence of these health checks improving health that is the whole point of these. They are used to catch the early signs of problems people may not be aware off. Even if we are aware of the problems we might face often they are a needed kick up the ass to do something about it.

I had mine a few years ago and while I was a little shocked I had no issues the advice did underline the fact I needed to lose some weight and do a bit more exercise. I am not going to lie and say it has transformed my life but I made some basic changes in diet, lost some weight and I am a bit more active now.

You know what I feel much better because of it. We have to get our cars an MOT to make sure they are fit to drive why anyone would think it is a bad idea that we do the same for our own bodies is beyond me.

Seriously how you can moan about a free 20 minute health check up is amazing.
Edited by: "Redscoped" 31st Dec 2018
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