The Rotary Club of Brigg held a ‘Know Your Blood Pressure Day’ event at Brigg Garden Centre, where a team of nurses volunteered their time to give friendly and professional advice.
Out of the 190 Blood Pressures taken on the day two people were directed to hospital for urgent attention, a further 47 guided to follow up with their GP.
“The willing support of Rotarians and local volunteer nurses is greatly appreciated and Rotary definitely made a difference within the Brigg community in a very positive way,” said a Rotary spokesman.
A message the health care workers wanted to get across is that a stroke is devastating,something 150,000 people have every year.
High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for a stroke.
Forty percent of strokes could be prevented if high blood pressure was detected and controlled.
“This was a staggering one in four needing to have follow up checks,” added the Rotary spokesman.
“Many of the participants were very grateful for the information and service provided and some also had a day that turned out very differently to what they had imagined when they had set off to visit their local garden centre, especially for those requiring more urgent attention.
“Not all referrals will require treatment but it shows the value of regular check-ups.”