Barking Dagenham heart MOTs

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Free heart health MOTs for Barking and Dagenham residents
21/05/2009

Blood Pressure Association's Ashley Alcock with Margaret Hodge MP and Stephen Langford, NHS Barking and Dagenham's Interim Chief Executive

Blood Pressure Association's Ashley Alcock with Margaret Hodge MP and Stephen Langford, NHS Barking and Dagenham's Interim Chief Executive


Barking and Dagenham residents aged 40-74 can have a quick and easy heart health MOT when they’re out and about in the borough.

Barking and Dagenham has one of the highest levels of heart disease in the country [1], and a particularly high incidence of stroke. NHS Barking & Dagenham is tackling this by taking free heart health screening out onto the high street in partnership with UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

Screening vans and portable surgeries have already been popping up in popular venues, such as Vicarage Field Shopping Centre and The Mall, Heathway, and there are plenty of opportunities for local people to stop by, as screenings will continue until the end of November.

There’s no need for an appointment, so shoppers and passers-by can drop in, and in just 20 minutes will be able to have a free, quick and easy ‘NHS health check’, including blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes and waist circumference testing.

Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, said: “‘NHS health checks’ are an excellent way to identify local people at risk and to ensure that they get the help they need to have a healthy heart for life. I hope that Barking and Dagenham residents will take advantage of these free checks.”

Stephen Langford, Interim Chief Executive of NHS Barking and Dagenham, said: “It couldn’t be more convenient for Barking and Dagenham residents to have a free and potentially life-saving health check.

"We commissioned the screening programme as one of the steps we’re taking towards reducing the number of deaths from heart problems in Barking and Dagenham, which is currently above both the London and national averages. These deaths can be avoided, and we urge local people to stop by and take that first step towards good heart health.”

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: “Many people don’t even know they’re at risk of heart attack or stroke because many heart problems, including high blood pressure, are symptomless. The good news is that once detected, many of these conditions can be easily controlled – so it’s really important to get tested.”

Screenings are being conducted by nurses, who will advise residents what to do next if any of their readings are outside the optimal range, and will give details of local support services.

This programme is part of a national initiative which aims to provide all adults in England aged 40-74 with a vascular risk assessment every five years.

Checks are being offered in Barking and Dagenham until the end of November, but in the coming weeks residents aged 40-74 can get screened at the following locations:

  • Friday 29 May, 9am – 5pm
    Screening van at Barking Town Centre Market
  • Saturday 30 May, 9am – 5pm
    Screening van at Barking Town Centre Market
  • Friday 5 June, 9am – 5pm
    Screening van at Barking Town Centre Market
  • Thursday 11 June, 9am – 5pm
    Portable screening surgery in The Mall, Heathway, Dagenham
  • Friday 12 June, 10am – 6pm
    Portable screening surgery in Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Barking
  • Saturday 27 June, 9am – 5pm
    Screening van at Barking Town Centre Market

Screenings will also be taking place at local community centres from June. Please check NHS Barking & Dagenham’s website – www.bdpct.nhs.uk – for more information.

In addition to the screening programme, many GP practices in Barking and Dagenham are offering their patients heart MOTs, and checks will also be available from pharmacies in the near future.


[1] The latest figures (2001-05) show that 140 per 100,000 people under 75 die from coronary heart disease in the borough each year, compared with 99 per 100,000 in London, making heart disease prevention one of the top local health priorities. 

Notes to editors:

  • The Blood Pressure Association will continue to notify press of further dates and locations for NHS Health Checks taking place in the borough this year.
  • The Blood Pressure Association is the UK’s blood pressure charity which aims to lower the nation’s blood pressure. The award-winning charity provides information and support for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness about its prevention. For more details visit www.bpassoc.org.uk or call 020 8722 4994.
    For further information or to arrange interviews or photography please contact the BPA's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984 or 07939 239 012.
    * If you wish to attend the photocall please contact Anna Cureton in advance on 020 8772 4993/ 07939 239 012.
  • For further information from NHS Barking and Dagenham, please contact Sandra Shepherd on 020 8532 6220 or email sandra.shepherd@bdpct.nhs.uk


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