NHS Health checks​


A GP listens to the chest of a patient in her office 

A free NHS Health Check is being offered to people in Lewisham aged 40 to 74 once every five years. Letters are being sent out to people around the date of their 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th birthdays, inviting them for the check.

The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes. These are serious conditions and there is a link between them. If there are any warning signs, then we can do something about it.

By taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions. There is good evidence for this.

In Lewisham you can get your check done at your GP surgery, at some local pharmacists and in some community settings. If you would like to book a health check straight away rather than wait for your invitation letter, enquire at your GP surgery or book an appointment with one of the participating pharmacies.

Why should I have a health check?

Age increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. Other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol 

The check should take about 20 to 30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.

Following the check you will receive personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy.

If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.

Visit the NHS Choices website for more detailed information on the NHS Health Check or for local information click here