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Pharmacies invited to take part in nationís biggest blood pressure event
UK charity the Blood Pressure Association is inviting pharmacies to take part in the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event Know you Numbers!® Week from 10-16 September.
The BPA is encouraging pharmacists and other pharmacy staff, trained to measure blood pressure as part of their role, to join the thousands of health professionals who provide free blood pressure checks to around 250,000 people during the Week. Around 1,500 pharmacies took part in last year’s event.
16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure yet an estimated 5.3 million of them don’t realise they have the condition, the major cause of strokes, heart attacks and heart disease. This year’s KYN Week is themed ‘Finding the Missing Millions’ in a bid to encourage more people to have a blood pressure check.
Mark Hooley, the BPA’s Marketing and Projects Officer, who is organising KYN Week 2007, said: "Many pharmacies now offer free blood pressure checks year-round, so this is the ideal opportunity to highlight an existing service, increase footfall and benefit from the publicity and awareness generated by our Know your Numbers! campaign."
By simply registering with the BPA, pharmacies will receive expert resource packs containing testing guidelines and posters for the health professional along with leaflets, record cards and stickers for customers. The BPA requests small donations to cover print costs and postage, based on £10 per 50 pack.
For more information or to register, visit the Know your Numbers! pages of the BPA’s website www.bpassoc.org.uk or call Mark Hooley on 020 8772 4992.
Notes to Editors:
- The Blood Pressure Association, the UK’s blood pressure charity, provides information to people with high blood pressure and raises awareness about prevention of the condition. Visit www.bpassoc.org.uk or call 020 8772 4994
- The BPA has a range of information materials for health professionals to give to patients. Leaflets include information on medication, home monitoring, salt, diet and lifestyle.