Throughout June over 600 community pharmacies across Cheshire and Merseyside will be promoting their free blood pressure check facilities to raise awareness of blood pressure and the associated risks of developing serious health issues.
A number of local councillors and officers from across the Liverpool City Region had their blood pressure checked to encourage members of their own communities to do the same.
Councillor Andy Moorhead, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Lead for Health and Wellbeing and Leader of Knowsley Council said following his check: “High blood pressure is one condition that doesn’t usually have any symptoms. That is why it’s important to get it checked out for free. Identifying high blood pressure at an early stage can ensure the appropriate treatment can be offered to control it. I encourage everyone, like I did, to visit their local pharmacy to have the quick and simple check that could ultimately save their lives.”
625,000 people in Cheshire & Merseyside are affected by high blood pressure and almost half of this number are thought to be unaware that they have the condition. It is, therefore, critical that urgent action is taken to prevent, identify and manage people at risk of developing serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease and dementia.
Through visual displays using British Heart Foundation (BHF) materials, information leaflets and proactive health messages, pharmacists will measure blood pressure and should intervention be necessary, provide healthy living advice and/or signposting to GPs or Practice Nurses for a more thorough diagnosis and treatment plan.
Left to right – Angela McNamara, Liverpool City Region (LCR) Programme Manager, Julie Moss, Director of Adult Social Care, Knowsley Council, Margaret Carney, Chief Executive, Sefton Council, Cllr Andy Moorhead, LCR Combined Authority Portfolio Lead for Health and Wellbeing and Leader of Knowsley Council, Matthew Ashton, Joint Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, Cllr Janette Williamson, former Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Wirral Council, Cllr Ian Moncur, Health & Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Sefton Council and Cllr Paul Cummins, Adult Social Care Portfolio Holder, Sefton Council.