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Free NHS Healthcheck

Are you aged 40-74? Then find out about FREE NHS Health Checks

What is an NHS Health Check?
The national NHS Health Checks programme helps to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, and helps to identify problems early and start treatments for people aged 40-74. The focus is on preventing and early detection of risk factors which can make a difference to overall health; these risk factors are smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, blood pressure, blood fats and alcohol.

What will happen during the NHS Health Check?
It includes a range of questions about your general health, lifestyle and family history. Simple measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure and pulse will be taken to look for signs, symptoms and risk factors for a number of diseases. Once the NHS Health Check is completed, you will be provided with health advice and support based on your own results and where necessary, referral to other specialists to allow symptoms to be looked at further and treatment/interventions where necessary.

Where will the NHS Health Check take place?
In St Helens, the NHS Health Check will take place at GP surgeries and will be carried out by a trained health care professional.

Health Trainers from the St Helens Wellbeing Service also carry out NHS Health Checks in a number of community venues in St Helens.

How do I get a FREE NHS Health Check?
You will be invited for an NHS Health Check once every 5 years by your GP.

Alternatively contact your GP or the St Helens Wellbeing Service on 01744 371111 to make an appointment.

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