Remember that the average health check only takes 20-30 minutes but it could save your life.

We know that our risk of developing preventable problems like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease or dementia increases with age.

Health checks are all about diagnosing these problems as early as possible and encouraging those at a higher-risk to take action.

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1. Health checks in Lambeth - the details

Who can have a free health check?

If you are a Lambeth resident and/or are registered with a Lambeth GP and you meet the criteria below then you can have an NHS health check at any time:

  • you are between 40 and 75
  • you have not already been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke
  • you have not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years.

What happens at a health check?

An NHS health check involves the following activities:

  • We will record your height, weight and waist size.
  • We will do quick simple blood tests to check cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • We will ask some questions about your family history and lifestyle habits.

Why do I need a health check?

We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. This is why we want to emphasise to absolutely everyone aged 40-74 how important having a health check can be.

Health checks are free and we will work with you to lower your chances of developing dangerous health problems in the future. It doesn't matter if you feel well it is worth having a health check just to be sure.

At each health check specialists will recommend tailored steps that can be taken by you to maintain or improve their health.

2. Where do I go for a health check?

We are bringing health checks to your area to make it as easy and convenient as possible to have one.

Sessions are run every day of the week. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays we could be anywhere in the borough so it is best to book an appointment. On Wednesdays we are usually in West Norwood. On Fridays we are usually in Streatham.

You can drop in to see us at any of the venues below but as above we recommend you call to make an appointment.

  • Call NHS health check nurse Thelma on 020 3049 5239 or 07799 581 665
  • Call NHS health check nurse Tessa on 020 3049 5199 or 07799 581 073.

Monday 9am to 5pm
Call to book an appointment and find out where we are today.

Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Call to book an appointment and find out where we are today.

Wednesday 1pm to 8pm
Elm Court Health Centre, 214-218 Norwood Road, West Norwood, SE27 9AW.

Thursday 9am to 5pm
Call to book an appointment and find out where we are today.

Friday 9am to 5pm
Gracefield Gardens, Health and Social Care Centre, 2-8 Gracefield Gardens, Streatham, SW16 2ST.

3. Next steps after a health check

Next steps after a health check very much depend on the results. Usually results from a health check are available almost instantly. The health professional could advise you to take some actions which will help you to stay healthy and reduce your risk. It is very important that you take on board what is said.

If you need further advice or treatment we may refer you to:

  • your GP
  • the Lambeth Early Intervention and Prevention Service (LEIPS) where you could be seen by one of the following:
    • Stop Smoking team
    • Exercise on referral team
    • Healthy Heart Healthy Weight team
    • Expert Patient Programme team
    • Health Trainers team
    • Alcohol Intervention team.