A better Medway

The NHS health check is for anyone aged 40 to 74 who does not have any pre-existing conditions.

Think of the check as a mid-life health MOT. The check takes around 45 minutes and you'll be given advice to help you achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Even if you feel fine, you should still take up the offer of a health check. Some conditions like high blood pressure often have no symptoms, so you may not know you have them.

How to book your NHS health check

At a Medway pharmacy

Health checks are available at the following pharmacies in Medway:

  • Hoo Pharmacy, 5 Main Road, Hoo, ME3 9DT, 01634 253 780
  • Ryders Chemist, 130 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1JT, 01634 842 838
  • Medway Pharmacy, 465 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5LJ, 01634 575 805
  • Fenns Chemist, 33 to 35 Parkwood Green, Gillingham, ME8 9PW, 01634 235 880
  • Merlin Pharmacy, 54 Silverweed Road, Chatham, ME5 0QX, 01634 861 683
  • Bryant Road Pharmacy, 59 to 61 Bryant Road, Rochester, ME2 3EP, 01634 718 039.

Please contact the pharmacy directly to book your check.

At the smokefree Advice Centre in Chatham or your GP surgery

You can book in the following ways:

  • in person: at the Smokefree Advice Centre in Chatham or your GP surgery
  • phone: 01634 335 830
  • email: medwayhealthchecks@medway.gov.uk
  • text: text the word ‘CHECK’ to 81066 (there is a small charge for this service - approximately 15p).

Your GP will usually send you a letter to invite you for your health check.

Request a call back about your health check

You can complete our request a call back form and we'll phone you back to book your check.

Request a call back

It's important to get a health check

As we get older, we have higher chances of having:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • type 2 diabetes
  • kidney disease.

Your NHS health check will spot any issues early and can stop things from becoming more serious.

Many age-related health problems can be dealt with by early diagnosis and making simple lifestyle changes.

During your check our friendly advisor will measure your risk and help you find ways to reduce it.

Julie nhs health check advisor

Julie, Health Improvement Coordinator

Many health conditions are symptomless and that’s why it’s really important to get this check."

Pre-existing conditions

You are not eligible for an NHS health check if you have:

  • heart disease
  • chronic kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • atrial fibrillation
  • transient ischaemic attack
  • inherited high cholesterol
  • heart failure
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • stroke
  • been prescribed statins to lower cholesterol
  • 20% or higher risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years.