General Health Screening

General health screening

People can have concerns about their general health at any stage of their life and worry about their risk of developing health problems in the future.

What is general health screening?

Health often comes into sharper focus as we mature in age. People normally see a doctor or seek medical attention for specific symptoms or problems, which require particular investigations.

General health screening offers a broad overview of your overall health at any given time. It is a health check-up for people who appear to be healthy and can be a useful way to detect problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or problems with the blood such as anaemia. These findings can be risk factors for developing medical problems such as coronary heart disease, diabetes or stroke, or indicators for other underlying issues, which may otherwise go unnoticed. General health screening can therefore be of particular interest to those who have a family history of these types of illnesses. It allows doctors to give advice about treating underlying health conditions or reducing risk factors for preventing the development of certain diseases.

What to expect and what we offer

Our general health screening appointments are based on the 12th floor of the Private Patients Unit at the Royal Free London Hospital in Hampstead. After checking in at the main reception, you will be greeted by our clinical team and given a general health questionnaire to fill out. This questionnaire will provide the medical consultant with a background of your past medical history and any current medical issues. Our full general health screening package can be completed in one location to provide a one-stop service for your full health screen.

Our packages offer a comprehensive array of general health screening tests to give a detailed clinical picture of your overall health. 

These include:

  • Chest x-ray
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – a tracing of the electrical activity in the heart
  • Basic blood tests, including a full blood count to screen for anaemia
  • Blood pressure check
  • Vital signs, including temperature, oxygen saturations and heart rate
  • Urine test to screen for diabetes or kidney disease
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Ear, nose and throat examination
  • Head and neck examination
  • Skin examination
  • Abdominal examination
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These tests have been specially selected to give you an overall picture of your general health at that time, as well as your risk for developing other medical conditions in the future.

The results of the tests are interpreted by our specialist consultants, who will speak to you at length about your medical background and provide you with a detailed report with all of the test results. They are experts in developing personalised plans with specific recommendations on lifestyle adjustments or medication changes in accordance with the outcome of the report.

Our general health screening package costs £850 and includes, along with the panel of tests listed above, our expert consultants’ professional fee for the consultation and a detailed report generated with your results.

If any of the investigations carried out give results that warrant further tests or treatment (that are not included in the original screening package), these can be advised by the specialist consultant and will be charged separately.

To get in touch with our friendly general health screening team for an enquiry or to make a booking, please call our administrative support team on 020 7317 7751 (Monday – Friday, 09:00-17:00) or email us at rf-tr.privateenquiries@nhs.net and one of our team will reply as soon as possible.

Our expert team of specialists

Our general health screening team of experts is made up of experienced specialist medical consultants with a passion for delivering high-quality healthcare. They are supported by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, radiographers, lab technicians and administrative staff. Our specialist general health screening clinics are delivered by the following experts:

Dr Alexandra Wu – Consultant Physician Health Service for Elderly People & Clinical Director of Acute Medicine

Dr Wu has dual accreditation in General (Internal) Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physician, London in 2001.

She was appointed Consultant Physician in Health Services for Elderly People (HSEP) within the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in 1993. Since then she has developed her department into a centre of excellence that now has 11 consultants and a large team of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. All are dedicated to providing a comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and community service to older people in North London.

She was appointed Clinical Director in Acute Medicine and Health Services for Elderly People in 2009 in the Urgent Care Division. Her tenure has been extended and she has since also taken the post of Clinical Director of Respiratory Medicine.

Dr Voon Ong – Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Voon Ong is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Free Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at UCL. He qualified in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1996, undertaking his postgraduate training in North East, England gaining membership of the Royal College of Physician (MRCP) in 2000.