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Health and leisure for carers

Free NHS health checks

People who care for a friend or relative with an illness or disability can sometimes neglect their own health.

Carers can have a free NHS Health Check by contacting their local GP. The check will take about 20–30 minutes

NHS Health Check explained

A health check will leave you better prepared for the future and able to take steps to maintain or improve your health, to support you in your caring role and for your own wellbeing generally.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia and the risk of developing these conditions increases with age.

There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk, such as:

  • being overweight
  • being physically inactive
  • not eating healthily
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol.

During the check

You will be asked some simple questions. For example, about your family history and choices which may put your health at risk

The healthcare professional will:

  • record your height, weight, age, sex, and ethnicity
  • take your blood pressure
  • do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

After the check

The healthcare professional will:

  • take you through your results and what they mean
  • discuss how you can reduce your risk of ill-health and stay healthy
  • give you advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • discuss any treatment or medication you may need to help you maintain your health.

Free Barnet Leisure Pass for carers

Get a free Barnet Leisure Pass for carers and go swimming at Barnet Copthall, Finchley Lido and Church Farm Leisure Centres, plus discounts on a wide range of other activities.

If you're interested in activating a Barnet Leisure Pass membership, visit the reception of the following leisure centres between 9am - 5pm, Mon to Fri.

  • Burnt Oak Leisure Centre, Watling Avenue, Edgware HA8 0NP Telephone: 020 8201 0982
  • Copthall Leisure Centre, Champions Way, Hendon NW4 1PX Telephone: 020 8457 9900
  • Church Farm Leisure Centre, Church Hill Road, East Barnet EN4 8XE Telephone: 020 8368 7070
  • Finchley Lido, Great North Leisure Park, Chaplin Square, Finchley N12 0GL Telephone: 020 8343 9830
  • Hendon Leisure Centre, Marble Drive, London NW2 1XQ Telephone: 020 8455 0818

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