Hypertension Case-Finding Service: Get your blood pressure checked

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has today (11th March 2024), launched an NHS campaign to encourage members of the public who could be living with undiagnosed high blood pressure to get their blood pressure checked at a participating pharmacy.

The campaign, backed by British Heart Foundation, Stroke Association, Heart Research UK, Blood Pressure UK, May Measurement Month, British Society for Heart Failure, and more, warns that there are often ‘no clues’ about who might have high blood pressure.

Pharmacy owners providing the service, are reminded, further to our earlier news story, that they can still order a free printed pharmacy campaign pack from the Campaign Resource Centre to promote and support the campaign.

In addition, DHSC has also advised that find a pharmacy cards and multicultural resources (TV, radio and social media content) are now available and can be ordered separately, in addition to the pharmacy toolkits.

Commenting on the campaign, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy England, said:

“It’s pleasing to see the NHS backing the Hypertension Case-Finding Service – and community pharmacies – with a big publicity campaign. Raising awareness of the service will help eligible members of the public to access crucial advice and support, enabling them to better understand and take control of their own health.

“Pharmacy teams have already supported thousands of patients through this service, and there is huge potential to help even more people. The service can serve to reduce health inequalities across local communities, with pharmacy teams well placed to play a greater part in tackling cardiovascular disease, alongside general practice colleagues.”

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