What happens at an NHS Health Check?

You will be seen by a healthcare professional and it will take about 20 minutes. During the check you will:

  • Be asked questions, e.g. your family history and any medication you are currently taking
  • Have your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity recorded
  • Have  your blood pressure, resting heart rate and pulse rhythm checked
  • Have a small sample of blood taken from your finger to check your cholesterol levels.

All of the above results will then be used to calculate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years.

The healthcare professional performing the check will be able to:

  • Discuss any suitable lifestyle changes to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Give information on local health improvement services e.g. smoking cessation, weight management

Who can have an NHS Health Check?

You are eligible to have a free NHS health check if you are:

  • Aged between 40-74 years old
  • You live in Islington/Camden or you live outside of Islington/Camden, but are registered to an Islington/Camden GP.
  • You have not had an NHS health check within the last 5 years
  • You have not been diagnosed with or are not taking medication for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, dementia or on a statin

It is important you read through these carefully before booking your Health Check. Unfortunately if you book and appointment  and you do no meet the criteria, you will not be eligible to have the health check

How do I book an NHS Health Check?

If you live in Somerset and/or are registered with a Somerset GP and you meet the eligibility criteria, there are a few options available

GP surgery

If your GP surgery is delivering the health checks themselves, you will be able to contact them to arrange an appointment.

At a local pharmacy

The pharmacies listed below offer free health checks. View this map to see your nearest participating pharmacy


Click here to see where your nearest location is for a health check