I want a Health Check, should I go private?

dllive Forumite Posts: 1,095
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Im 45 and in reasononably good health. (I run about 20 miles per week, eat fairly healthy.... but also drink a little too much)

Its been on my mind to have a general health check (prostrate cancer/any cancer for that matter! heart, blood pressure etc). I basically want to get a clean bill of health.

I see the NHS offer the 'NHS Health Check', but I wonder whether I would get a more comprehensive service if I go private.

Has anyone on here done similar?



  • Longwalker
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    You should have been offered one by now - they are every 5 years past 40, but they may be behind due to the covid restrictions
    what-is-an-nhs-health-check, read that it tells you how to get one and how and what you are tested for.

    It is a pretty comprehensive lifestyle test and will pick up on any issues that may cause you problems going forwards - yes they do a liver function test and test how big your blood vessels are ( signs of too much booze looking to give problems )

    Prostate testing isnt done until 55, unless you have a close family member diagnosed. Bowel cancer testing starts at 60

    Going private you can get tested for general fitness - on top of what the NHS offers, but it costs dearly and a good fit watch will already be giving you that information 

    Im 15 years older, I too get in the miles, I watch what I eat and I drink like a fish. So far they have flagged up that statins may be of use to me but Ive chosen diet and exercise over medication.
  • dllive
    dllive Forumite Posts: 1,095
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    Thanks @Longwalker , this is very helpful. :)
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