NURSES from both medical practices in Lyme Regis worked with local Rotarians on Saturday to raise awareness of the importance of having your blood pressure checked on a regular basis.
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis hosted their annual Blood Pressure Awareness Day in the offices of Fortnam, Smith & Banwell in Broad Street, where passers-by were invited to have their blood pressure checked.
The event raises awareness of the connection between high blood pressure and the increased risk of a stroke.
Rotarian Peter Fortnam said: “Over 100 people popped into our temporary facility in Broad Street and had their blood pressure checked by qualified nurses, and several were referred to their GP’s for further testing.
“As always we are extremely grateful to local nurses Carys Hollis, Louise Tate and Sally Cable, who gave up their valuable free time to take blood pressure readings and advise people on follow up procedure where necessary. Also to Dan Socaciu, patient services manager at Lyme Regis Medical Centre, who supported us all day, and to Fortnam, Smith and Banwell for providing facilities in their Broad Street premises.
“If this campaign has succeeded in making even just one person more aware of the importance of regular health checkups then the day was a success.”
For more information on the importance of regular blood pressure check-ups and the risks of a stroke, visit the Stroke Association website at www.stroke.org.uk