NHS Health Checks

The NHS health check is a free health assessment for people between the ages of 40-74 years who do not have an existing cardiovascular disease. The purpose of the health check is to prevent chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and dementia.

The health check is an opportunity to prevent future health problems and to get advice and guidance on how to make healthy changes now. It consists of a health questionnaire and four basic health tests – cholesterol test, measuring Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and a diabetes risk assessment (which may lead to further tests).

If you are aged between 40-74 you could be eligible for a free NHS Health Check. To book an appointment please contact your GP practice or for any other queries please use the details below:

Harrow Health CIC office

Tel: 020 8866 4100
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


The results are ordinarily received at the same time of the test and you will be given personalised health advice. Sometimes more testing may be needed which will require more time.

NHS Health Checks: The Procedure

The health test will be carried out by a trained practitioner. You will be asked questions about your health such as your age, family history, ethnicity, the amount of alcohol you consume, whether you smoke and how physically active you are. Additionally, four basic health tests will be taken:

  • The Cholesterol Test

    This is a simple test carried out using a ‘finger prick’ test to find out if your cholesterol is high. High cholesterol is unhealthy and can lead to a stroke or heart disease.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

    Is a measure used to determine if you are the right weight according to your height. If you are overweight it can increase your risk for certain conditions. The test is carried out by measuring your weight and height.

  • Blood Pressure

    This is a simple test carried out by placing a cuff around your arm, which measures your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure you will be at risk of diabetes and stroke.

  • Diabetes Risk Assessment

    This will take into account your BMI, blood pressure and your health questionnaire to assess if you are at risk at developing diabetes. You may be asked to do further tests if you are found to be at risk at diabetes. This test is carried out by using a simple finger prick test or a fasting blood test.

Receiving your results

Results are usually received at the same time as your health check. Sometimes you may be asked to come back at another time. Your results will be discussed with you and you will be given an overall risk assessment score which may indicate if you are at risk for certain conditions. The healthcare professional will give you health advice based on your test to help you maintain or improve your health. They may also recommend eating healthier or getting physically active. If you are at high risk you may be referred for treatment with your GP.

More information can be found on the NHS health check website.