Additional Services

Blood Pressure

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 four day period.

If your blood pressure is found to be raised you will ask to make a appointment with a 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

 

Why Do I Need Home Blood Pressure Readings?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition manifested by an abnormally high blood pressure. Research is based on office blood pressure levels, however, we know some people have a higher than expected blood pressure in the surgery, therefore, home readings can be helpful.

Why does high blood pressure matter? It can cause damage to blood vessels that can lead to possible heart attack and, or, stroke. 

If the doctors has asked for readings please download the form by clicking herePlease take your blood pressure 16 times over the next 4 days as directed on form.