Free blood pressure checks in Telford and Wrekin

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Free blood pressure checks in Telford and Wrekin
05/09/2009

Free blood pressure checks are being offered in Telford and Wrekin next week as part of a national Know Your Numbers campaign.

‘Could YOU be the 1 in 3 who has high blood pressure?’ – that’s what Telford residents are being asked during Know your Numbers! Week 2009 which runs from September 7 -13.

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

To help residents find out if they are at risk, staff from NHS Telford and Wrekin will be offering free blood pressure checks as part of nation’s biggest blood pressure event, organised by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

Local residents can pop along for their free check at the following Pressure Stations:

Monday 7 September

9.30am -12.30 pm - Children Centre, 103 Southgate, Sutton Hill

Tuesday 8 September

9.30am - 12.30pm - Stirchley Recreation Centre, Grange Avenue, Stirchley

9.30am - 1pm - Donnington Community House, 26/28 Glebelands, Telford

9.30am -1pm - Malinslee Healthy Living Centre, 94 Withywood Drive, Telford

Thursday 10 September

9.30am - 12.30pm – Dawley Christian Centre, High Street, Dawley

10am -12.30pm – KIP Project, Wellington, Tan Bank, Wellington

Friday 11 September

9.30am -12.30pm - Urban Gardens, Wellington

1.30 - 3.30pm - First Point Hadley, Telford

1 - 3.30pm - Hadley Clinic Room GPs, Telford 

The venues are among 1,500 official Pressure Stations across the UK taking part in event.

Vicki Pike, Senior Health Improvement Manager at NHS Telford and Wrekin said: “We are taking free blood pressure checks out into the community during Know your Numbers! Week to make it as easy as possible for local people to find out their blood pressure numbers and if they need to lower them. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t need to make an appointment, so just pop in for your free and painless check.”

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: “We are delighted NHS Telford and Wrekin is taking part in Know your Numbers! Week 2009.

“We’re asking ‘Could YOU be the 1 in 3?’ because one in three UK adults has high blood pressure, yet millions have no idea they have the condition. Untreated, it can cause stroke, heart attack and heart failure but, once diagnosed, high blood pressure can be very successfully managed, so it’s well worth getting a check and reducing your risk.”

To find out more visit the Know your Numbers! website at http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/microsites/kyn/Home or call 020 8772 4994. If you have a question about high blood pressure, call the Blood Pressure Association’s Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm).


Notes to editors:

  • For more information on Know your Numbers! Week, or for facts, figures, quotes and photos, contact the Blood Pressure Association’s Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984, or email acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • 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. For more information visit the charity’s main website at http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/, or call 020 8772 4994.

Facts about blood pressure from UK charity the Blood Pressure Association:

  • High blood pressure has no obvious signs or symptoms. The only way to find out if you have the condition is to have a blood pressure check.
  • Untreated high blood pressure is the major risk factor for stroke and heart attack. It is also a risk factor for heart and kidney disease and vascular dementia.
  • A healthy blood pressure is a level of 120/80mmHg or less. If readings are consistently at or above 140/90mmHg, high blood pressure is diagnosed, and action should be taken to lower it.
  • You can lower your blood pressure by having a healthier lifestyle, and, if necessary, by taking medication as directed by your doctor.

The Blood Pressure Association’s ‘Top five tips for a healthy blood pressure’:

  1. Cut down on salt – don’t add it when cooking or at the table and check food labels to make sure you don’t eat more than 6g a day
  2. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – at least five different portions every day
  3. Watch your weight – try to reach the right weight for your height
  4. Exercise regularly – that doesn’t have to mean the gym, how about a regular lunchtime walk? 30 minutes five times a week is ideal.
  5. Drink alcohol in moderation – no more than 3-4 units a day for men and no more than 2-3 units for women (a pint of normal strength beer = 2 units, a medium glass of wine = 2 units).

About NHS Telford and Wrekin:

NHS Telford and Wrekin is the everyday name for Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust (PCT).

The PCT is responsible for purchasing health services for 168,000 people who live in the Telford and Wrekin borough.

The PCT was established in 2002 and has a budget for 2009/10 of £254 million.

Its responsibilities include managing contracts with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust, local doctors, dentists, pharmacists and opticians.

In addition, the PCT provides a range of community-based services including health visiting, district nursing, intermediate care and Adult Learning Disability (ALD) nursing.

For further information contact:

Suzi Cope
Communications & Engagement Officer
NHS Telford and Wrekin
Tel: 01952 580473
Mob: 07855 600334


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