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Rowlands Pharmacies offers free blood pressure checks during Know your Numbers! Week

Rowlands Pharmacies in will be providing free blood pressure checks from September 8-14 as part of the Blood Pressure Association’s Know your Numbers! Week.

The pharmacy group is urging local residents to have their blood pressure checked to see if they are at risk of high blood pressure.

143 Rowlands pharmacies nationwide are taking part in the award-winning campaign run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

16 million adults in the UK have high blood pressure (that’s one in three) but more than five million of them don't know it because the condition has no obvious symptoms.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure causes strokes, heart attack and heart failure, and can also lead to kidney disease and dementia. However, once detected, the condition can be successfully treated.

Rowlands pharmacies are among 3,000 official ‘Pressure Stations’ being held in pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centres, workplaces and a wide range of community venues offering free blood pressure checks across the UK during the charity’s event.

Kenny Black, Managing Director at Rowlands Pharmacy, said: “We’re very happy to be giving our support to the Blood Pressure Association’s campaign and help raise awareness about high blood pressure. Our customers can have a free blood pressure check and see how important it is to know your numbers and lower the risk of getting a life threatening illness.”

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: “To raise awareness during this year’s campaign we are asking ‘Are you at risk from the ticking time bomb?’ Uncontrolled high blood pressure is like a hidden time bomb which can cause stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

“So take control and reduce your risk of the silent killer by having a free blood pressure check during Know your Numbers! Week. It's quick, free and painless and could save your life.”

To find out more about the campaign, or for a free blood pressure information pack, visit the Know your Numbers! website at or call 020 8772 4994. If you have a question about high blood pressure and would like to speak to someone over the phone, call the Blood Pressure Association’s Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (11am-3pm, Mon-Fri).


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
  • For further information on Rowlands , to arrange for your reporter to have their blood pressure checked, or for a photo or interview with Rowlands, please contact: Jane Duncan at RBH Salmons, 01788 819 740, or email
  • 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 recently 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, call head office on 020 8772 4994 or contact our information line on 0845 241 0989
  • Rowlands is part of the pan-European Phoenix Medical Supplies (5th largest worldwide). Rowlands Pharmacy is the 4th largest chain of retail pharmacies with over 500 branches operating throughout the UK. The group has pharmacies in every branch of community pharmacy including health centres, rural and high street locations. Rowlands’ pharmacists dispense over 43 million prescriptions per year.

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