Blood pressure check a huge success!

Checking Blood Pressure

The latest ‘Know Your Blood Pressure' check-in Felixstowe saw ambulance service staff join forces with the community to help improve awareness their health.

Joining the Rotary Club of Felixstowe Languard, a team from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) saw more than 320 people to take their blood pressure and then advise if any follow-up treatment was required.

Of the 329 people seen, 13 received urgent GP referrals for within the week, and GP referrals within the next month for 97 of the participants.

The ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ forms an invaluable and essential public health message by The East Of England Ambulance Trust is part of a national awareness month organised by the Stroke Association, that aims to help people understand the connection between high blood pressure and stroke.

Daemon Wheddon, Area Clinical Lead for EEAST said: “Saturday’s number of willing participants smashed last year’s tally of 280. The figures for routine and urgent referrals are up on last year; we did see two members of the public with extremely high pressures that we managed to get reviewed that day.  I would like to thank all the staff members who attended and gave up there valuable time. Also a special thanks to the Rotary Felixstowe Landguard for all their support and arranging the necessary logistics."  

For more information about the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign, visit the Stroke Association website here

Published 24th April 2018

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