Healthwatch Bexley updates
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40 to 74. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.
Healthwatch and Bexley Council are looking into why the uptake of the free NHS Health Check is very low across the borough. We want to find out why people aged between 40-74 years choose to attend or decline these free health check-ups.
If you fit the criteria and are eligible for a free health check we would like you to share your views and experiences by completing this short questionnaire.
Am I eligible for an NHS Health Check?
The check is for people who are aged 40 to 74 who DO NOT have any of the following pre-existing conditions:
- heart disease
- chronic kidney disease
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
- atrial fibrillation
- transient ischaemic attack
- inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia)
- heart failure
- peripheral arterial disease
- currently being prescribed statins to lower cholesterol
- previous checks have found that you have a 20% or higher risk of getting cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
If you're in the 40 to 74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you should receive a letter from your GP surgery or local council inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every 5 years. You can also call your GP surgery to book a Health Check. For further information from the NHS about health checks please click the link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/