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Can you help find the ‘missing millions’ in national blood pressure campaign?
19/06/2007

National charity, the Blood Pressure Association (BPA), is calling all Occupational Health professionals to help identify the estimated 5.3 million adults in the UK who don’t realise they have high blood pressure, the major cause of strokes, heart attacks and heart disease.

The BPA is encouraging Occupational Health professionals, who are trained to measure blood pressure as part of their role, to get involved in Know Your Numbers! (KYN) Week; the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event, from 10 -16 September. By simply registering with the BPA, Occupational Heath departments will receive expert resource packs and guidance so that they can set up their own Pressure Station, where employees can have free blood pressure checks.

John Lewis, which is one of the many organisations which takes part in the event, set up 28 Pressure Stations in their stores last year. Margot Marment, Occupational Health Manager at John Lewis, explains: "Last year’s event was a great success and we’re very pleased to be taking part in the BPA’s KYN! Week this September.

"High blood pressure is a serious condition, but not enough people are aware of it so this was a great opportunity to raise awareness amongst our staff and talk about other aspects of their health. I would encourage other Occupational Health professionals to sign up to this fantastic event as it’s easy to organise and could potentially save lives!"

Pauline Downes, who works for John Lewis and was identified with high blood pressure last year at a John Lewis Pressure Station, said: "I went to see my Occupational Health Nurse at work during KYN! Week and had my blood pressure checked. It turned out that I have high blood pressure, so I’m very thankful I was given the opportunity to find out and take the necessary steps to control it.".

"Overall, it was a successful day and we gained professional recognition within the Trust. I would urge nurses across the UK to participate in this worthy event. It’s a great opportunity to share knowledge, skills and expert BPA information with the general public and it definitely makes a nice change to a typical clinical day."

Mark Hooley, BPA Project and Marketing Officer, who organises KYN! Week, explains: "By taking part in KYN! Week, you will be actively helping to track down the ‘Missing Millions’ of adults in the UK who are unaware they have high blood pressure.

"Offering free blood pressure checks at work attracts people who may not otherwise have a blood pressure check at their GP surgery. A better informed, happier and ultimately healthy workforce is beneficial to both employers and employees so it's in every company's best interests to take part in KYN! Week."

Interested in setting up your own Pressure Station? Why not visit the BPA’s website www.bpassoc.org.uk to find out more and register.

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Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact:
Anne-Marie Devaney, BPA Press & PR Officer, 020 8772 4993
Sue Massey, BPA Head of Communications, 020 8772 4984

  • The Blood Pressure Association (BPA) is the UK’s blood pressure charity which provides information and support to people with high blood pressure and also raises awareness about prevention of the condition. For more information visit www.bpassoc.org.uk or call 020 8772 4994
  • The BPA offers free information materials to health professionals to give to patients. Leaflets include information on salt, diet and lifestyle and specialist leaflets aimed at the African Caribbean community, as they are more at risk in developing high blood pressure.


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