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Free blood pressure checks at Frimley Baptist Church
02/09/2010

Camberley residents can take advantage of free blood pressure checks when Parish Nurse Gilly Rowett brings Know your Numbers! Week to Frimley Baptist Church from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 September.

Know your Numbers! Week is the nation's biggest blood pressure testing event, run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association (BPA). The Frimley Baptist Church 'Pressure Station' is one of 1,400 venues taking part in Know your Numbers! 2010 across the UK.

This year the BPA is asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' because three quarters of adults don't know their blood pressure numbers and so are taking an unnecessary gamble with their health.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure causes stroke and heart attack, and it’s a symptomless condition, so the only way to find out if you have it is to have regular blood pressure checks. However, once detected, it can be very successfully managed.

Gilly Rowett and other nurses from the Frimley Baptist Church congregation will be offering free blood pressure checks at the Babies & Toddlers Group, Men's Health Breakfast and either side of Sunday services:

  • Friday 17 September, 9.30am-1pm
    Babies & Toddlers Group, (Church lounge)
  • Saturday 18 September, 9am-12pm
    Men’s Health Breakfast, (Church lounge)
  • Sunday 19 September, 9.30am-12.30pm, 5pm-8.30pm
    Before and after morning and evening church services in the lounge

Gilly Rowett, who also works for the Parish Nurses Ministries UK charity, said: "We'll be making blood pressure checks as accessible as possible to busy mums and dads, GP-shy men and other parishioners and local residents. Frimley men can also expect a healthier grilled cooked breakfast and a blood pressure talk by a local doctor as part of the Men's Health Breakfast.

"We've got plenty of nurses in our congregation to lend a hand if we get lots of interest so I hope all Frimley residents will stop by for their free check."

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We are delighted Gilly Rowett is bringing Know your Numbers! Week to Frimley Baptist Church.

"Lack of awareness over blood pressure can cause death and disability so I hope all Camberley residents will lower their odds of stroke and heart attack by having a free blood pressure check."

To find out more about the campaign visit the Know your Numbers! website at www.bpassoc.org.uk/kyn

If you have a question about high blood pressure, call the Blood Pressure Association's Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm).


Notes to Editors:

  • For more information on Know your Numbers! Week, or for facts, figures, quotes and photos, contact Anna in the Blood Pressure Association's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984, or email acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • To arrange for your reporter to have their blood pressure checked, or for a photo or interview, please contact Gilly Rowett on 01276 627000 or at gilly.rowett@ntlworld.com
  • The Blood Pressure Association is the UK's leading blood pressure charity working to lower the nation's blood pressure. The charity provides information and support for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness to prevent the condition. For more information visit the charity's main website at www.bpassoc.org.uk, or call 020 8772 4994.


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