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You ask about having a health check but do not give any indication as to what your health concerns may be. As a result the information provided below is only general. Please do contact us again if you’d like to find out more about a specific type of health check that isn’t covered in the following.
Your GP is able to provide some routine health checks through the NHS.
NHS Health Check
If you’re aged 40 to 74 and you haven't had a stroke, or don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you’re eligible for an NHS Health Check. This is a free check-up of your overall health, which can identify if you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
For over 65s, the clinician will also describe the possible signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for. Any follow-up tests or appointments are also free of charge.
The NHS Health Check may be carried out by your GP or local pharmacist and should be repeated every five years. If you meet the criteria and haven’t been invited to attend this routine assessment, you should contact your GP.
If you fall outside the eligibility criteria, there are a number of further checks available through your GP, according to the particular symptoms or health concerns you may have. These can include:
- Blood tests for diabetes, kidney function, iron levels, cholesterol, inflammatory markers and PSA or hormone levels
- Tests for chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes
- ECGs to exclude arrhythmias of the heart
- Well Women’s health check, e.g. family planning, cervical smears and insertion of IUCDs.
If there is a medical issue that needs addressing, your GP will also be able to refer you for investigations such as MRI scans, X-Rays and treatments, as appropriate.
If you have a Private Medical Insurance scheme such as with AXA PPP healthcare you may find that your policy covers health checks through your place of work, or provides some discount for health checks with outside sources.
Any investigation usually needs a GP referral, however with some health assessments you may be able to self-refer. Please consult your health plan benefits or contact your provider to check your cover and the correct process, prior to making any appointments.
In addition there are a number of private assessments available.
We hope the above information is helpful, but would suggest checking with your workplace, GP and medical insurance provider to ascertain the most clinically appropriate route for you.
Answered by the Health at Hand nurses
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