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Helping shoppers feel less pressure

A total of 183 shoppers who went to Asda in Abbey Lane, Leicester, the day before St George’s Day went home knowing how healthy their heart was. They did so because Rotary clubs in the Leicester joined forces to offer free blood pressure tests.

 

A shopper has his blood pressure measured by Prof Bert Thurston, a member of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus

A shopper has his blood pressure measured by Prof Bert Thurston, a member of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus

 

Organised by Chris Trivett, of the Rotary Club of Leicester De Montfort, the day-long event was held in conjunction with the Stroke Association. Anonymous data collected from people who had their blood pressures tested, will help the charity develop and provide better services to people with abnormal blood pressures — the cause of thousands of heart attacks and strokes every year.

The individuals were given a paper record of their health.

Chris said: “We tested 183 visitors; of which 61 (1/3) were advised to seek a GP follow-up — 10 within a week, the remainder within a month.  The other 122 visitors were routine observations. Thankfully, none of our visitors fell into the ‘refer to hospital’ category.”

The four Rotary Clubs — Leicester, Leicester De Montfort, Leicester Novus and Bradgate — thanked the qualified doctors and nurses whose professional expertise enabled shoppers to receive the best advice.

 

Anoushka, Pam and Jason of Leicester Novus Rotary enjoying a briefing session

Anoushka, Pam and Jason of Leicester Novus Rotary enjoying a briefing session

 

Chris also thanked the management of the Asda store and its staff for their hospitality and giving  the volunteer Rotarians such a warm welcome.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a stroke, you can learn more by visiting
https://www.stroke.org.uk/resources/state-nation-stroke-statistics

 

Created on 25.04.2017 at 18:12

Last edited on 03.05,2017 at 17:33