Public Health - Living Well

NHS Health Checks and Older People

Service Update: Health checks

The NHS Health Check service was halted nationally due to COVID-19. However, GP practices have been advised to restart this service again. We do not provide this service directly so please contact your registered GP practice to book in for a Health Check.


As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing something dangerous like high blood pressure, heart disease or Type 2 diabetes. Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer.

The full NHS Health Check takes 20 to 30 minutes and covers:

  • Height and weight measurement (BMI)

  • Blood pressure and cholesterol check

  • Questions on family history and lifestyle choices

  • Diabetes risk

  • Cardiovascular Disease risk score

  • Dementia risk

After your health check you will be taken through your results and provided with personalised advice. Once you are aware of your individual risks, you’ll be able to take steps to reduce them, improving your chance of maintaining or improving your health as you get older. 

Health Check eligibility criteria:

  • Between 40 – 74 years old

  • Not been diagnosed or prescribed medication for: heart disease, high cholesterol (statins), diabetes, kidney disease or high blood pressure

  • Not have received an NHS health check in the last 5 years

When you will be invited for free NHS Health Check

If you are eligible you will receive an invitation letter from your GP around your 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th birthdays.

Benefits of taking the free NHS Health Check

Taking up the offer of a free NHS Health Check could improve your health overall it will improve the health and wellbeing of people on the Island through early detection and in the long term should reduce the cost on health and social care services.

To find out more about Health Checks on the NHS website.

Discover more

Discover more about your health by trying out these online health checking tools:


Older People

Keeping active physically, mentally and socially as you get older can help you maintain your physical and mental health. Below are some ideas to help you stay active in a variety of ways

Active  - Physically Active

Even if you are not as active as you used to be or would like to be there are some simple exercises you can do. Exercising will help you build up and maintain your strength and balance as you get older. These simple exercises can also help you avoid falling.

Please download or print off our leaflet for more information: IWC Public Health get a move on leaflet - PDF.


Connect – Socially active

Connecting with others can help to keep you mentally healthy.

  • Keep in touch regularly with friends and family.
  • Join a group that you are interested in to pursue a hobby.
  • Become a volunteer to help others.
  •  Say hello to anyone you see during the day. Whilst keeping COVID-19 safe by staying the recommended distance of 2 metres apart.


For local ideas for activities and for a range of information and support visit:


Learn – mentally active

Try something new

  • Ask someone you know to help you learn to use the internet if you don’t know how.
  • Join the library and get real books, eBooks or audio books.
  • Find out about something you have always wondered about.
  • Try a new puzzle or crossword.
  • Visit an online gallery or museum to learn about a person or period of history that interests you. 


Isle of Wight Council service links


External useful links

Please note: The Isle of Wight Council is not responsible for any external links provided.