Blood pressure checks to be offered at Rotary club event

February 28 2017

A TEAM of doctors and nurses will measure people’s blood pressure at an annual event run by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

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A TEAM of doctors and nurses will measure people’s blood pressure at an annual event run by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

The club has organised blood pressure checks for many years at an all-day drop-in session in order to highlight the importance of the procedure.

Organiser and retired GP Tony Sarafian said: “Raised blood pressure is a potent cause of strokes and heart attacks.

“Even nowadays there are still people who have never had their blood pressure checked and are unaware that they may have a life-threatening condition.”

Members of the public can call in for a check but the event is mainly aimed at those people who have not had their blood pressure tested in the past five years, if at all.

Dr Sarafian said: “There is little point in us checking the people who are having their blood pressure checked regularly at their own surgeries.  We are looking for the people who are not aware that they have raised blood pressure.”

During last year’s session, checks were carried out on 103 people, with 20 referred to a GP and two given an urgent referral.

This year’s event runs from 9.30am-3.30pm on Saturday, April 22, at 61 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury, next door to the town hall.