NHS Health Checks in Salford
An NHS Health Check is a quick and convenient way to find out your risk of developing a range of health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and certains types of dementia.
Who can have one?
You can have an NHS Health Check if you're:
• Aged 40 to 74
• Registered with a GP in Salford. If not you can register here
• Haven’t already been diagnosed with heart or kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, or dementia
What is an NHS Health Check?
Think of it like a 'midlife MOT'. It's a quick and easy way to check how healthy your are spot your risk of developing serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia in the next ten years.
By spotting these conditions before they develop, you can then take action to reduce your risk or even avoid them completely. Your nurse or health professional can also support you to make any changes to your lifestyle that can make a difference.
Think you’re healthy enough already? Conditions like high blood pressure and increased glucose levels are hard to spot yourself and can lead to stroke and diabetes – so it’s best to get your doctor to check.
The check only takes about 20-30 minutes and you can book an appointment to suit you.
NHS Health Checks are nothing to worry about. Ryan Parker talks about his health check in the video from Haelo below.
At your NHS Health Check, the nurse or health professional will ask questions about your age, ethnicity, how much you drink or smoke, how physically active you are and whether any family members have had diabetes or heart problems.
They’ll also measure your height, weight and waist size (called your Body Mass Index, or BMI), check your blood pressure, and do a simple blood test (no more than a small prick of your finger!) to check for diabetes and high cholesterol. Finally, a Q-Risk test will tell you how likely you are to suffer a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.
After your check
Once you've finished your Health Check your health professional will talk you through your results.
They might offer advice and support on ways you can cut your risk of developing health conditions, such as losing weight, eating healthily, being more active, quitting smoking, or cutting down on alcohol.
Where can I have one in Salford?
You can also find the Salford Health Bus at a range of locations like supermarkets and shopping centres. You don't even need an appointment - just turn up!
Find out more
If you’re still unsure how an NHS Health Check can help you, you can find more information on the NHS website.