Know your blood pressure

NWAS supports Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign

 Know your BP & FAST

The Trust worked in partnership with the National Stroke Association and partner ambulance trusts in support of the national 'Know Your Blood Pressure' campaign which took place on Saturday 17 April 2010.

Six events were hosted by the Trust to raise awareness of the links between high blood pressure and stroke with the general public and offer free blood pressure testing at venues in Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire.

An ambulance/RRV and team of clinicians and admin staff supported each event in areas of high public footfall. Clinical Guidelines were adhered to with regard to Referral Advice and each person who had their blood pressure measurement taken was provided with a personal information record and appropriate information about what action (if any) to take next. Information leaflets promoting FAST and the importance of regular testing were handed out.

The public events were extremely well received with a total of 366 blood pressure tests undertaken on the day. The Lord Mayor of Manchester attended the Manchester Printworks event and a number of NWAS colleagues turned up to show their support throughout the region. Public interest was higher from the middle to more mature age bracket and a number of individuals were given referral advice based on their readings. Respect for the 'green uniform' and individuals' personal appreciation of the ambulance service was evident from the many positive comments received. In addition youngsters particularly enjoyed seeing the inside of an ambulance. A small number of Critical Friends were also signed up on the day.

All captured data and consent forms is now being sent to the Stroke Association for their information and analysis.