Start your new year with a health MOT!

Release Date: 07 January 2019

Are you over 40 years old? Did you know you are entitled to a free NHS Health Check every five years? Why not kick start 2019 by having your check, helping you to enjoy life for longer!

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

To qualify for a free NHS Health Check, you must be aged 40 to 74, be a Richmond upon Thames resident, have not been previously diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or stroke and do not take statins.

In the last six months of 2018, around 4838 residents were invited by their GP (by letter, text and phone) to have a health check. However, around 25% did not take up the offer.

This year, we want even more people to take stock of their health and go and have a free health check.

Cllr Piers Allen, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health said:

“This is the season of making resolutions. And I, like many residents, will be thinking about my health and what changes I can make to help me live well for longer. 

Even if you feel great like me, being over forty means your health risks are higher. Knowing what those risks are means you can make changes to your lifestyle to delay or avoid the onset of these diseases.”

“My New Year message to all residents is to take greater responsibility for your health. There is lots of support available to help make live changes, and a health check is a good first step. Eligible residents may receive a Health Check invitation from their GP. They can also contact their GP to find out when their Health Check is due.”

Visit our NHS health checks page or contact your GP to find out your eligibility and when your next health check is due. Health checks are also offered at C Goode Pharmacy in King Street, Twickenham and Kanset Pharmacy in Ashburnham Road, Richmond.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P003/19

Updated: 21 January 2019