Blood pressure check event a big success

Date: 24 April 2017

KYBP Felixstowe

Almost a quarter of people who put their best arm forward required routine or urgent follow ups from their GPs after taking part at the annual 'Know Your Blood Pressure' event in Felixstowe this weekend.

The event, set up in recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, took place on Saturday (22nd April) and is an annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Felixstowe Landguard. Our staff and volunteers measured 280 blood pressures, beating last year’s tally of 256.

The team were even visited by an extremely grateful member of the public who was tested last year, and following their urgent referral, underwent triple bypass surgery.

The national awareness month starts in May, and ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ day is a national campaign organised by the Stroke Association which helps people understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

Daimon Wheddon, an area clinical lead for EEAST said: “Last year was a very successful event but this year was even better. It is fantastic to see so many members of the public willing to have their blood pressures taken.”

Of the 280 blood pressures taken, 53 were organised a follow up with their GP within a month and 20 referred for an urgent check-up within a week.

He added: “I would like to thank everyone who attended and gave up their time to do some valuable health promotion with the public; it can make all the difference to them in the future.”

For more information on ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’, visit: https://www.stroke.org.uk/take-action/our-kybp-campaign

  • Summary:

    Almost a quarter of people who put their best arm forward required routine or urgent follow ups from their GPs after taking part at the annual 'Know Your Blood Pressure' event in Felixstowe this weekend.