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Free heart health checks for Newham residents
17/03/2009

Newham residents can take care of their hearts by finding out their vital statistics when they’re out and about in the borough this month.

Newham has the highest incidence of premature death from heart disease of all the London boroughs. To tackle this Newham PCT is offering free heart health screening in partnership with UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

Screening vans and portable surgeries will be appearing in convenient locations such as Stratford Shopping Centre and Queen’s Market from Tuesday 17 March – Saturday 28 March.

With no need for an appointment, shoppers and passers-by aged 40-74 years can drop in and in just 15 minutes will be able to have a painless heart health check including blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and waist circumference testing and a lifestyle questionnaire.

Helen Page, Vascular Risk Programme Manager at Newham PCT, said: “Whether they’re out shopping in Queen’s Market, or parking the car in St John’s Road, Newham residents will be able to stop by and get a free and potentially life-saving health check this month.

“Currently 500 people in Newham are dying each year from heart disease. This is preventable – and the first step is a free heart health check.”

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.”

This heart health screening programme will help Newham PCT to prepare for the Government’s Putting Prevention First initiative which launches this April – a national programme which aims to provide all adults in England aged 40-74 with a vascular risk assessment on a five year call and recall basis.

Screening will be conducted by nurses, who will advise residents what to do next if any of their readings are outside the optimal range. Checks are being offered to congregations at places of worship, and will also be available to all Newham residents aged 40-74 on the following days in the following locations:

Tuesday 17th March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van in Queen’s Market, Green Street

Wednesday 18th March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van in St John’s Road Car Park (off High Street North)

Thursday 19th March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van outside Stratford Shopping Centre (opposite the library)

Friday 20th March, 2pm – 6pm
Screening van at ‘Beckton Green Day’ at Gallions Primary School, Warwall, Winsor Park Estate

Saturday 21st March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van outside Stratford Shopping Centre (opposite the library)

Tuesday 24th March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van in Queen’s Market, Green Street

Thursday 26th March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van outside Stratford Shopping Centre (opposite the library)

Saturday 28th March, 10am – 6pm
Screening van outside Stratford Shopping Centre (opposite the library)

Notes to editors:

  • 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 Anna Cureton at the BPA's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/ 07939 239 012.
  • For further information from Newham Primary Care Trust, please contact Ian Thorpe in the Communications team on 020 8586 6329.


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