Charity and pharmacy team up to get Portsmouth people to check blood pressure

Shukrya Saida signs up for further information and vouchers, helped by Shona Green. Picture: Vernon Nash

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A PHARMACY has teamed up with a charity to encourage people to get their blood pressure checked.

Pharmacy chain Well and the Stroke Association want people in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas to take up Well’s offer of free blood pressure checks.

Research shows high blood pressure is the most significant risk factor for strokes and treating hypertension could help prevent up to half of all strokes in the UK.

Well is also aiming to raise £250,000 this year with the money funding the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign.

John Nuttall, chief executive of Well, said: ‘As a community pharmacy, we can raise awareness of stroke prevention but most importantly, offer expert advice on managing high blood pressure, which could reduce people’s risk of stroke.’

Juliet Bouverie, chief executive at the Stroke Association, added: ‘Our partnership is a fantastic opportunity to help us conquer stroke. The vital funds raised will support our important prevention work.’