Blood pressure checks at Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 12:59 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:54 28 April 2017

Nurse Sally Cable opens the Know Your Blood Pressure Day by checking Rotarian Peter’ Fortnam’s blood pressure.

Nurse Sally Cable opens the Know Your Blood Pressure Day by checking Rotarian Peter’ Fortnam’s blood pressure.

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The town’s Rotary Club stresses the importance of regular monitoring

Around 80 people took advantage for a free blood pressure check at Lyme Regis on Saturday (April 22).

Nurses from the town’s two medical practices worked with local Rotarians to bring awareness to residents and visitors of the importance of regular monitoring.

“High blood pressure can increase the risk of a stroke,” said Rotarian Peter Fortnam. “People may not have any symptoms, so it is important to check your blood pressure regularly.”

Nurses carried out checks on 77 people and several were referred to their GPs for further testing.

Added Mr Fortnam: 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 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.”

See the Stroke Association website for more information on the importance of regular blood pressure checkups. www.stroke.org.uk


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