If you wish to have your blood pressure checked, please book a 10 minute appointment with the health care assistants.
High blood pressure is one of several ‘risk factors’ that can increase your chance of developing heart disease, a stroke or other serious health problems. Initial treatment includes a change in lifestyle risk factors where they can be improved; losing weight if you are overweight, taking regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet and reducing your alcohol, salt and caffeine intake. Life-long medication may be needed to lower your blood pressure.
If a GP or Nurse has recently found your blood pressure to be raised they may ask you to have it rechecked with the health care assistants or loan one of our Home Blood Pressure monitors that can be used to monitor your blood pressure over a week( there is a refundable charge £10 for the loan of the machine for the week)
If your blood pressure is found to be raised you will ask to make a appointment with one of the Clinical Pharmacists or GP.
If you are already taking medicine to control your blood pressure please see our HYPERTENSION section for details on how we should monitor your condition.
Further information about blood pressure can be found at http://www.patient.co.uk/health/High-Blood-Pressure-(Hypertension).htm