18 September 2015

As part of Know Your Numbers Week (14-20 September) Northamptonshire County Council is reminding eligible residents to make sure they take up their free NHS health check.

About Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers is Blood Pressure UK’s awareness campaign to encourage adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers.

Blood pressure is one of the checks carried out as part of a free NHS health check so is a simple way for people to find out their numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

What is a free NHS health check?

An NHS health check is like a midlife MOT. Even if people are feeling well now, it’s a chance to check that some of their body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and allows them to be better prepared for the future and to be able to take steps to maintain or improve their health.

Health checks are available to most people aged between 40 and 74, who don’t already have an existing vascular condition that is already being taken care of by their GP.

They only take around 20 to 30 minutes and during this time cholesterol and BMI will also be checked as well as blood pressure. People will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking.
After the health check they will be taken through the results and given personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

Councillor Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “One easy way to really improve your chances of living a healthier life is to make sure that you don’t miss out on a free NHS health check if you are entitled to one.

“Even if you’re feeling fit and well, it’s worth getting checked over to help lower the risk of certain conditions developing in the future. It takes less than half an hour to have the health check, and can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing now and in the future.”

Anyone interested in getting a free health check can check online to see if they are eligible and get details of how to book, or contact their GP surgery for more information.