Sim­ple test that saves lives

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

ACT FAST – Face, Arms, Speech, Time. Fire in the brain, face con­tort­ing, arms un­able to move, slurred speech – images seen on TV.

Some­one hav­ing a stroke. How can we pre­vent this hap­pen­ing?

Last Satur­day Ro­tar­i­ans, com­mit­ted sup­port­ers of the “Know Your Blood Pres­sure” cam­paign, gave up their time to en­cour­age lo­cal shop­pers to spare a mo­ment and take a sim­ple test that could save their lives.

Ro­tary, work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Stroke Aware­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, was help­ing peo­ple to spot the vi­tal signs.

Mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough Minster and Peter­bor­ough Or­tons Ro­tary Clubs could be found out­side Tesco in Ser­pen­tine Green.

Be­tween 10am and 4pm a steady stream of 181 shop­pers had their blood pres­sure (BP) test taken – men and women of all ages.

Of these 149 left with a smile, con­fi­dent that their blood pres­sure was nor­mal.

A fur­ther 25 were ad­vised to visit their own GP within a month for a rou­tine fol­low up.

Amaz­ingly, seven peo­ple re­quired an ur­gent fol­low up with a visit to their own doc­tor dur­ing the next week be­ing strongly rec­om­mended.

Each ab­nor­mal blood pres­sure was dou­ble checked by a sec­ond medic on duty and all the ad­vice given was com­pletely con­fi­den­tial.

Although the day was wet in Mar­ket Deep­ing a to­tal of 107 peo­ple had their BP mea­sured in the two car­a­vans set up in the Rain­bow car park out­side the Co-op­er­a­tive Store.

Of these 14 were ad­vised to have a rou­tine fol­low up in the next month and four peo­ple ad­vised to seek an ur­gent ap­point­ment with their GP in the next week – 89 peo­ple re­quired no fur­ther ac­tion.

Although the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple hav­ing their BP mea­sured in Mar­ket Deep­ing has fallen from a high of 217 in 2008, nurses still feel that this is a very worth­while ex­er­cise for the com­mu­nity.

All three Ro­tary Clubs wish to thank the lo­cal doc­tors, nurses, Ro­tar­ian vol­un­teers and the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion for their sup­port and for mak­ing the day pos­si­ble.

If just one life was saved the ex­er­cise was very worth­while.

Stroke Aware­ness is very im­por­tant. The cost to the NHS of as­sist­ing peo­ple af­ter strokes is ex­tremely high. Any­thing that can be done to pre­vent strokes helps peo­ple en­joy longer lives. Ro­tary clubs na­tion­ally or­gan­ise Stroke Aware­ness Days in shop­ping cen­tres, com­mu­nity halls, gar­den cen­tres and schools.

Ro­tar­i­ans out­side Tesco, right, a test be­ing ad­min­is­tered, above, and Deep­ings Ro­tar­i­ans brave the rain.


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