Recently updated data available on Public Health England’s (PHE) Fingertips tool shows that Cheshire and Merseyside is doing extremely well regarding Blood Pressure diagnoses in general practice. Looking at Cheshire and Merseyside as a whole, the area is approximately 2% better than the national average when it comes to diagnosis.
The data is from pre-covid, 2019/20 and therefore the pandemic is likely to impact on BP detection rates for the following year, however this is certainly something to celebrate nonetheless. This figure is likely due in part to the wide range of Blood Pressure work in the community and GP settings by a whole range of partners over the last five years.
As lockdown eases, exploring the feasibility of safely resuming community detection and supporting the restart of NHS Health Checks will be vital to continuing in this positive direction. Work is already underway and conversations have started to bolster this work.