Session highlights the value of blood pressure checks

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton has his blood pressure checked
East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton has his blood pressure checked

EAST Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton was among more than 100 people to get their blood pressure checked at the Holmbush Centre on Saturday.

Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club organised the Know your Blood Pressure session, a community project aimed at shoppers and adults of all ages.

Rotarian Les Baker said: “In the five hours that we were there, we carried out well over 100 checks for members of the public.”

The session was led by club member and team leader Dr David Gordon, a retired GP.

He was helped by a team of four female members of the club, all with a medical background.

Mr Baker added: “This year, we were lucky enough to have our local MP, Mr Tim Loughton, pop in to have his blood pressure checked.

“We are pleased to confirm that he is fit and well.”

The scheme is run in association with the Stroke Association and the club organises it every year, around this time.

Dr Gordon explained how important regular blood pressure checks were in the avoidance and reduction of strokes.

“Most of us now know that high blood pressure increases our risk of strokes and heart attacks and it really is such a shame when these days, the condition is so easily treatable, there are still many folk out there who don’t take advantage of their medical practices to have a free check,” he said.

“In the UK, every five minutes, someone has a stroke and every year, 150,000 people are victims of a stroke.

“We now know that if everyone had their blood pressure regularly checked and, if necessary, received the appropriate treatment, many thousands of people would be spared each year.”

Dr Gordon added that the checks carried out this year did flag up several people with slightly high readings.

He talked to them and advised three people to consult their GP for further checks and monitoring of their quite high readings.

“All in all, a very successful community project,” concluded Mr Baker.

For information about joining Rotary, please contact member Liz Box on 07713081598.