Don’t miss out on your health MOT

If you’re aged 40-74, and have not been diagnosed with heart disease, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, or had a stroke you’re eligible for a free health check at a nearby pharmacy or GP surgery. Think of it as a midlife MOT to check your risk of becoming unwell.

Even if you feel well at the moment it’s still important to have a check. As you get older, your risk of developing these problems increases, but an NHS Health Check will spot early signs. This means you can take action to prevent them happening to you, so you can carry on enjoying your life for longer.

The check will only take 20 to 30 minutes and you’ll be asked a few questions about your family history and lifestyle choices which may put your health at risk. Your health professional will make a note of your weight, age, sex and ethnicity before taking your blood pressure. You’ll also have a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

After that, you’ll discuss your results and be given advice and support to help you reduce your risk of developing any illnesses and improve your health.

Visit the Healthy Surrey website to find out more.