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2017

NHS in Ealing backs Blood Pressure UK Know Your Numbers campaign

NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has teamed up with One You Ealing, Everyone Active, Public Health at Ealing Council and Ealing’s community pharmacies to take part in this year’s national Know Your Numbers campaign by hosting Pop-Up Pressure Stations around the borough. The campaign is run by the charity Blood Pressure UK. 

NHS staff will be running the Pop-Up Pressure Stations all week around the borough as part of the campaign, starting on Monday 18 September, up until Friday 22 September. Photographs can be arranged on request. The full list of dates and locations is available here. Anyone can turn up and get a free blood pressure check; there’s no need to book. At the Pressure Stations a trained NHS professional will assess you and tell you if your blood pressure is at a safe level. If it isn’t, they will advise you about what to do next. In most cases, this will be to book a GP appointment.

Know Your Numbers is the largest annual blood pressure awareness event. This year’s theme is STOP Stroke. People with high blood pressure are three times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke compared to people with healthy blood pressure, and twice as likely to die from these conditions. In spite of the serious consequences associated with high blood pressure, over 5 million people have it and do not know it. 

It is especially important to get regular blood pressure checks if you are a member of a group that has been identified as having a higher than average risk of high blood pressure. These groups are: people over 55 years old, people from an African-Caribbean background, and people from a South Asian background.

For anyone who is worried about their blood pressure but missed the Pop-Up Pressure Stations or isn’t around this week, we advise you to book an appointment with your GP today.

Dr Mohini Parmar, Chair of NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “One in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure, and yet over 5 million people do not know that their blood pressure is too high. People with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than a person with healthy blood pressure.

“The NHS in Ealing agrees with Blood Pressure UK that we can and we must do more. By running these Pop-Up Pressure Stations around the local community, we hope to make it quick and easy for people to check their blood pressure and get their health back on track.” 

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Note to editors

  1. NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the NHS organisation responsible for buying (commissioning), planning and designing health services in the borough of Ealing. Find out more here.
  2. Blood Pressure UK is a national blood pressure charity, and counts among its famous patrons Sir David Attenborough and Sir Trevor MacDonald
  3. The full list of locations and times is here.
  4. High blood pressure is responsible for more than half of all strokes and heart attacks, and it’s a key risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and vascular dementia. (Source: Blood Pressure UK)
  5. In England 31% of men and 26% of women have high blood pressure. (Source: Blood Pressure UK)
  6. Find out more about the campaign, including more facts and figures here