Health checks and screening

NHS health checks

NHS health checks look for early signs of long-term health problems or serious illnesses so steps can be taken to reduce the risk of them developing.

We invite people between the ages of 40 to 74 to have a free check-up once every 5 years. The check-up is free and looks at health issues such as:

The health check takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Health benefits

If these checks uncover problems you will be offered a range of advice and support to:

  • help you stop smoking
  • improve your diet and manage cholesterol
  • reduce your blood pressure
  • manage your weight
  • be more active
  • reduce your stress
  • reduce the amount of alcohol you drink

Who can get a NHS Health Check

You are eligible for a free NHS Health Check if you're aged between 40 and 74 years, have not had a NHS Health Check in the last 5 years, and have none of the following:

  • atrial fibrillation
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) classified as stage 3, 4 or 5
  • coronary heart disease
  • diabetes
  • hypercholesterolemia
  • hypertension
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • previous diagnosis of heart failure
  • previous diagnosis of stroke
  • previous diagnosis of transient ischaemic attack (mini stroke)
  • statins prescribed for lowering cholesterol

Where to get help

You can get your free NHS health check by phoning Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service, who can either arrange a check at your local GP practice or book an appointment at a venue local to you.

You can get further help from: