Check Day success
A SPECIAL blood pressure check day to encourage more people to look after their own health has been deemed a success after more than 150 people turned up on the day.
Run by Dartmouth Rotary with Dartmouth Caring, the event saw 158 people come through the doors with two residents being asked to go to the hospital for checks.
Two others were advised to urgently see their GP within a week, and one was advised to make an appointment within two weeks. Thirty-four of those having their blood pressure taken were advised to see their GP soon to discuss ways of reducing their blood pressure.
The event was run under guidelines outlined by the Stroke Association and took place in the Community Café in the Old Market this month.
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Dartmouth Medical Practice provided the blood pressure machines used to check the 158 attendees.
Co-organiser Mike Bennett, of Dartmouth Rotary, said: "I was inspired to help organise this day because I had a friend whose life was saved by a similar check-up when he was in his 20s.
"We have seen lots of people go away with no action needed but for some, and those two who were advised to go straight to hospital, it could have made a huge difference to their lives.
"I'm proud of the day and the teamwork between Dartmouth Rotary and Dartmouth Caring to make the day such a success."
Dartmouth Caring-trained volunteers carried out the checks. The charity's manager and coordinator Alison Stocks said the day was a real success.
She added: "To have so many people come through the door was wonderful but that we perhaps inspired some people to get treatment for high blood pressure shows the importance of events like this.
"Dartmouth Caring will always support events like this which highlight the need for a healthy lifestyle — it's very important everyone is checked regularly."