NHS Health Check Service

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NHS Health Check Service

NHS Health Check Service

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are two of the most common health conditions in the UK.

The NHS Health Check Service* carries out a one-to-one consultation to work out your chances of developing these conditions and helps you come up with a plan to reduce this risk.

You can use this free NHS service at a number of locations in England, such as GPs surgeries and local pharmacies, including selected Boots pharmacies.

It may be suitable for you if you're aged between 40 and 74 and haven't already had a health check in the past five years.

Use the link below to find out if the service is available in your area, then call or visit the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Find your nearest NHS Health Check Service at Boots >

What happens during the check?

Your NHS Health Check will take place in a private consultation room with one of our specially-trained healthcare team members and lasts about 30 minutes. It includes:

1Straightforward questions

You'll be asked about your medical and family history, as well as your lifestyle.

This will help your pharmacist understand if you have risk factors for developing certain conditions.

2Routine health checks

These will measure your:

  • Height, weight and waist circumference
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels - this is done by taking a pin-prick sample of blood
  • Diabetes risk - if necessary, we may take a further pin-prick sample of blood

3Results and action plan

Your results will help us work out:

  • If you are at a high, low or medium risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Your risk of developing diabetes

Your pharmacist will discuss any concerns or questions you may have and help you put together an action plan for reducing your risk. This may include a number of tips such as losing weight or stopping smoking.

If you are over 65, you'll also be given information on the signs and symptoms of dementia.

If necessary, you may be referred to your doctor for further care and support.

Is this service suitable for me?

How can I prepare for my consultation?

Use the link below to find out if the service is available in your area, then call or visit the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Find your nearest NHS Health Check at Boots >

Depending on where you live, the NHS Health Check service is also offered at a number of different locations, like GPs surgeries. For full details see the NHS website.

*The service may vary slightly depending on your local NHS commissioning body.

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NHS Health Check Service

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are two of the most common health conditions in the UK.

The NHS Health Check Service* carries out a one-to-one consultation to work out your chances of developing these conditions and helps you come up with a plan to reduce this risk.

You can use this free NHS service at a number of locations in England, such as GPs surgeries and local pharmacies, including selected Boots pharmacies.

It may be suitable for you if you're aged between 40 and 74 and haven't already had a health check in the past five years.

Use the link below to find out if the service is available in your area, then call or visit the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Find your nearest NHS Health Check Service at Boots >

What happens during the check?

Your NHS Health Check will take place in a private consultation room with one of our specially-trained healthcare team members and lasts about 30 minutes. It includes:

1Straightforward questions

You'll be asked about your medical and family history, as well as your lifestyle.

This will help your pharmacist understand if you have risk factors for developing certain conditions.

2Routine health checks

These will measure your:

  • Height, weight and waist circumference
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels - this is done by taking a pin-prick sample of blood
  • Diabetes risk - if necessary, we may take a further pin-prick sample of blood

3Results and action plan

Your results will help us work out:

  • If you are at a high, low or medium risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Your risk of developing diabetes

Your pharmacist will discuss any concerns or questions you may have and help you put together an action plan for reducing your risk. This may include a number of tips such as losing weight or stopping smoking.

If you are over 65, you'll also be given information on the signs and symptoms of dementia.

If necessary, you may be referred to your doctor for further care and support.

Is this service suitable for me?

 

As long as you live in England, are aged between 40 and 74 and answer no to all the following questions, you can use the service:

  • Have you had an NHS Health Check within the last five years?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Have you ever had a heart attack or stroke?
  • Have you been diagnosed with a blood disorder or high cholesterol?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Are you taking medication which affects your heart or blood vessels?
  • Are you taking statins?
  • Do you have chronic kidney disease?
  • Are you taking any of the following medicines: Dopamine, Methyldopa or any anticoagulant medication?

If you are not sure if this service is right for you, please speak to one of our pharmacists who'll be able to advise you and recommend alternative services which might be suitable for you.

How can I prepare for my consultation?

 

Before your appointment please:

  • Avoid alcohol for at least 12 hours beforehand
  • Avoid caffeine for at least two hours beforehand and smoking for at least 20 minutes
  • Make sure you have your doctor's details, so we can let them know your results to update your medical records

Please arrive five minutes before your appointment.

Use the link below to find out if the service is available in your area, then call or visit the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Find your nearest NHS Health Check at Boots >

Depending on where you live, the NHS Health Check service is also offered at a number of different locations, like GPs surgeries. For full details see the NHS website.

*The service may vary slightly depending on your local NHS commissioning body.

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