Blood Pressure UK is running a national awareness week called Know your numbers! from September 15-21. The charity claims eight million people in the UK have high blood pressure (hypertension) but are not currently being treated for it. The aim is to encourage adults to find out whether they have high blood pressure and to get the medical help they need.
The nation’s largest annual blood pressure testing and awareness event provides free checks for around 250,000 UK adults each year. Since 2001, the national event has seen more than 1.5 million people have their blood pressure checked at local ‘Pressure Stations’. These stations are set up at a range of venues including:
- GP surgeries
- Health clubs and leisure centres
- Shopping centres and supermarkets
Each year, more than 1,500 stations offer free blood pressure checks. Having high blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart and blood vessels and, if untreated, it can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
Medigold’s health surveillance programmes
Medigold Health is committed to improving workplace health and works closely with employers to ensure that the health of their employees is carefully considered. Our health surveillance services include blood pressure and pulse checks as well as a wide range of other assessments.
Poor workplace health is one of the main causes of sickness absence, which can cost companies a great deal of money as well as being extremely inconvenient. Rather than dealing with sickness as and when it happens, why not carry out regular health surveillance to prevent it happening in the first place?
Contact Medigold Health for more information and to receive your free Know Your Numbers educational factsheet. You can also find out more about Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! campaign and locate your nearest Pressure Station.