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nHS blood pressure check service

This is an NHS funded service and is free of change to eligible patients. Please see eligibility criteria below.

How it works

1. Book Online

Book a time and date for your FREE blood pressure reading.

2. Assessment

Our specially-trained pharmacist will take your readings. You will be provided a copy of your results.

3. Treatment

If your blood pressure is higher than140/90mmHg, you will be offered 24-hour blood pressure monitoring known as ABPM

What is the blood pressure checks service?

This service aims to find and treat high blood pressure early, to prevent health issues. It works like a regular blood pressure test, where a pharmacist will check your blood pressure. If it’s too high (over 140/90mmHg), you will be offered 24-hour monitoring called ABPM.

Who is eligible for the service?

You can use this FREE service if you are:

  • An adult over the age of 40 who has not previously been diagnosed with hypertension 
  • An adult under the age of 40 who has a recognised family history of hypertension  
  • You are aged between 35 and 39 and have been assessed as eligible for the service by our pharmacist  
  • You have been referred by your GP for a blood pressure check or ambulatory blood pressure measurement 

What is Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)?

The term “Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring” (ABPM) refers to a 24-hour period during which your blood pressure will be checked every 30 minutes while you are wearing a portable device around your waist. Your GP and chemist will be able to see clearly how your blood pressure varies throughout the day.

Next steps

You will be asked to participate in ABPM if your blood pressure is discovered to be high. After demonstrating how to use the monitoring device, our pharmacist will make a follow-up appointment for you to discuss the blood pressure reading and go over your next course of action. Most of the time, you’ll either be given the ABPM monitor right away to keep for 24 hours or you’ll be scheduled for another appointment.

Your ABPM results

Our pharmacist will give you instructions on what to do next after interpreting your test results. This could involve recommendations for going to see your GP or lifestyle counselling. Your results will be recorded for you.

FAQ

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) measures blood pressure at regular intervals over a 24-hour period.

If your readings fall within high blood pressure – higher than 140/90mmHg, you will be offered ABPM.

You can borrow a device from our pharmacy to enable 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Our pharmacist will set up the apparatus and explain how it functions.

The 24-hour period’s worth of readings will be recorded by the ABPM, which will then average them all. The readings will be interpreted by our pharmacist at your follow-up appointment.

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Heart disease is the second most common cause of premature death in England, affecting seven million people. Book in for your blood pressure test today to get expert advice on how to stay healthy.

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