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'Know your Numbers!' with free blood pressure checks from Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy

Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy will be asking local residents ‘Could YOU be the 1 in 3 who has high blood pressure?’ when it provides free blood pressure checks from September 7-13 as part of Know your Numbers! Week.

16 Midcounties Co-operative pharmacies are taking part in the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

One in three adults in the UK – that’s 16 million – have high blood pressure, yet a third don’t even know because it has no symptoms.

Untreated high blood pressure causes stroke, heart attack and heart failure. However, once diagnosed, the condition can be very successfully managed.

Midcounties Co-operative is among around 1,500 official ‘Pressure Stations’ being held in pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centres, workplaces, and a wide range of community venues across the UK, which are offering free blood pressure checks during the charity’s event.

Paul Byrne Group, General Manager at Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy, said: “It’s really important to the Blood Pressure Association and to ourselves to prevent the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

“The annual Know your Numbers! Week is a great way to raise awareness of this and we hope our customers will spare just a few minutes to have a free blood pressure check.”

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: “High blood pressure affects a third of UK adults, yet millions have no idea that they have the condition. That’s why this year we’re asking ‘Could YOU be in the 1 in 3?’

“We want to save the thousands of lives lost each year to stroke and heart attack caused by high blood pressure, and a free blood pressure check during Know your Numbers! Week is an excellent first step to lifelong healthy blood pressure.”

To find out more about the campaign visit the Know your Numbers! website at www.bpassoc.org.uk/kyn or call 020 8772 4994.

Notes to editors:

  • For more information on Know your Numbers! Week or on high blood pressure, contact the Blood Pressure Association’s Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984 or email acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • For more details on Midcounties Pharmacy call Kirsty Reid at Seal on 0121 616 5800 or email kirstyreid@seal.uk.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. The charity won the healthcare category of The Charity Awards 2008 for its work on the Know your Numbers! campaign. For more information visit the charity’s main website at www.bpassoc.org.uk or call head office on 020 8772 4994.
  • The Midcounties Co-operative is based in Oxford and Walsall, with trading outlets stretching to Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and surrounding counties.
    Trading groups are – food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, Motorworld, Co-operative IT and Imagine co-operative childcare.
    The Society is the second largest independent co-operative society in the UK. The Midcounties Co-operative is a £700m business with more than 550 branches, 7,000 employees and 300,000 members.
    Our aim is - To be a successful consumer co-operative working towards creating a better, fairer world, and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers, and the communities we serve.
    Visit www.midcounties.coop

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