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Do you know your blood pressure numbers? One in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure, most people don’t realise, but if you're over 40 you can get it checked for free at most pharmacies.

High blood pressure doesn’t have any obvious symptoms but it is a major cause of heart attack and stroke, and can also lead to a number of serious long-term health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease.

It's really important to get your blood pressure checked so you can catch high blood pressure early, then take simple steps to reduce it and lower the risk to your health.

If you are over 40, you can get your blood pressure checked for free at most pharmacies across Derby and Derbyshire.

Your pharmacist will refer you to a GP if your blood pressure is higher than normal and can offer advice on how to manage it.

We will also be holding free blood pressure check-ups on the follow dates:

April

  • Tuesday 2 April 2024 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell St, Chesterfield
  • Tuesday 2 April 2024 from 10am to 12.30pm at Dronfield Library Drop In, Manor House, High St, Dronfield
  • Thursday 4 April 2024 from 9.30am to 12pm at Swadlincote Library, Civic Way, Swadlincote
  • Thursday 4 April 2024 from 10am to 12pm at Breaston Wellbeing Café, St Michael's Church Breaston, 25 Main Street, Breaston
  • Thursday 4 April 2024 from 2pm to 3.30pm at Staveley Community Fire Station Drop In Staveley Community Fire Station, Crompton Rd, Staveley
  • Monday 8 April 2024 from 9am to 11am at Petersham Breakfast Café, Petersham Community, Grasmere Rd, Long Eaton
  • Tuesday 9 April 2024 from 9.30am to 12:30pm at Chesterfield Job Centre, Markham House, Markham Rd, Chesterfield
  • Tuesday 9 April 2024 from 1pm to 4pm at Holme Hall Community Café, Wardgate Way, Chesterfield
  • Friday 12 April 2024 from 9am to 11am at Killamarsh Active Leisure Centre, Stanley St, Killamarsh
  • Monday 15 April 2024 from 9.30am to midday at Mercia Marina Drop In, Findern Ln, Willington
  • Monday 15 April 2024 from 10am to midday at Sandiacre Library, Doncaster Avenue, Sandiacre
  • Tuesday 16 April 2024 from 10am to 12.30pm at Peer Recovery Wellbeing Hub, Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell St, Chesterfield
  • Tuesday 16 April 2024 from 2pm to 4pm at Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell St, Chesterfield
  • Friday 19 April 2024 from 9.30am to 12pm at Killamarsh Methodist Church Drop In, 185 Sheffield Rd, Killamarsh
  • Monday 29 april 2024 from 9am to 1pm at CVS Mental Health Support Group, Civic Way, Swadlincote
  • Tuesday 30 april 2024 from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Chesterfield Job Centre, Markham House, Markham Rd, Chesterfield

May

  • Wednesday 1 May 2024 from 10am to midday at Ilkeston Library, Market Place, Town Centre, Ilkeston
  • Tuesday 7 May 2024 from 1pm to 4pm at Holme Hall Edge Ministries Community Café, Wardgate Way, Chesterfield
  • Tuesday 14 May 2024 from 9.30am to midday at Swadlincote Library, Civic Way, Swadlincote
  • Friday 17 May 2024 from 9.30am to midday at Killamarsh Methodist Church Drop In, 185 Sheffield Rd, Killamarsh, Sheffield

Rebecca White, 49, from Ripley had her blood pressure checked as part of a routine smear test and found out she had high blood pressure.

"The worrying part of this is that I didn’t – and still don’t – have any symptoms of feeling unwell at all. So without the trip to the nurse, none of this would have been highlighted and I would have continued as normal not knowing how high my blood pressure was.

"I would definitely urge everyone to take a blood pressure check, it’s free, it’s safe, it doesn’t hurt and it could save your life!"

Many pharmacies are open evenings or weekends, so why not pop in and ask about getting your blood pressure checked next time you pass?

If your local pharmacy doesn’t offer checks, they will give you information about a pharmacy that does. You can also measure your blood pressure at home using a monitor.

The only way to know if your blood pressure is healthy is to have a check, and to keep having them regularly.