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:
- Thursday 26 October from 1pm to 4pm at Alfreton Job Centre
- Monday 30 October from 10am to 2pm The Great Dronfield Get2Gether at Dronfield Baptist Church
- Tuesday 31 October from 9.30am to midday at Memorial Hall, Wirksworth
- Thursday 2 November from 10am to midday at Sharley Park Leisure Centre
- Monday 6 November from 9am to midday at Heanor Job Centre
- Monday 6 November from 9am to 11.30am Petersham Community Hall, Grasmere Road. Long Eaton
- Tuesday 7 November from 9.30am to 12.30pm Alfreton Library
- Tuesday 7 November from 10am to 1.30pm Sandiacre Library
- Tuesday 7 November from 10am to 12.30 at Matlock library
- Monday 13 November from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Dronfield Library
- Tuesday 14 November from 9.30am to midday at Memorial Hall, Wirksworth
- Tuesday 14 November from 10am to 2pm Carers Event. At Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton
- Monday 20 November from 10am to midday at Belper Library
- Tuesday 21 November from 10am to midday at Heanor Library
- Wednesday 22 November from 9am to midday at South Derbyshire Job Centre workplace event
- Thursday 23 November from 10am to 1pm Carer's Rights Event. The Postmill centre, South Normanton
- Tuesday 5 December from 10am to 12.30pm at Matlock Library
- Monday 11 December from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Dronfield Library
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 it at home using a monitor, find out how on Blood Pressure UK's website.
The only way to know if your blood pressure is healthy is to have a check, and to keep having them regularly.