One in five given free blood pressure test through Rotary Club referred to GP

May 03 2016

MORE than 100 people had their blood pressure measured in Chipping Sodbury when the town’s Rotary Club held an annual health check.

MORE than 100 people had their blood pressure measured in Chipping Sodbury when the town’s Rotary Club held an annual health check.
Know Your Blood Pressure Day gives people the chance to be screened for free, with this year some 20 people being referred to their GPs as a result of their readings.
Organisers of the event were keen to meet anyone who had not previously had a test or those who had not seen their GP for a check in the last five years.  Rotarian and retired doctor Iain Dunnett said: “The numbers of people having their blood pressure checked has fallen over the years but the percentage of those whose blood pressure was sufficiently raised to warrant referral to their GP has gone up.
“I believe this is a reflection of our policy to target people who have never or not recently had their blood pressure checked.
“The fact that we identified 20 people who needed to be referred was an excellent result and potentially life changing for these people.”