Stroke session could turn out to be a lifesaver

Mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman supports Rotary Club stroke awareness event in Hemel Hempstead town centre, April 2013
Mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman supports Rotary Club stroke awareness event in Hemel Hempstead town centre, April 2013

The pressure was on for volunteers from Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club who teamed up with the Stroke Association to run a health awareness event in Hemel Hempstead town centre.

Nearly 200 people were given free blood pressure checks at the Dacorum Volunteer Centre HQ in Marlowes – high blood pressure is an early warning sign of stroke risk.

Dr Janet Wright of Fernville Surgery, Dr. Nigel Ormiston and six nurses from the Hospice of St. Francis all volunteered to run the tests during the six-hour session, using equipment loaned by Fernville Surgery and Boots The Chemists

Early arrivals at the centre to have their blood pressures checked included Mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman and Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning.

Those whose blood presure readings were considered outside the normal range were referred to their own GPs.

Over the last decade an estimated 200,000 people have had their blood pressure checked at Know Your Blood Pressure events hosted by Rotary with the Stroke Association.