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Somerset businesses called on to support high blood pressure campaign

In Somerset, one in three people with high blood pressure don’t know they have it. Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure is quick and simple to diagnose and to treat.

NHS Somerset, together with Somerset Council is launching their biggest ever campaign ‘Take the Pressure Off’ with the aim of testing thousands of residents to increase awareness and early detection of high blood pressure.

The pair are inviting workplaces across Somerset to be part of the campaign and have several options available that may suit your workplace:

  • Free promotional resources on high blood pressure for your staff and customers, including details on where to get your blood pressure checked locally
  • Free workplace events – blood pressure testing sessions at your workplace, including healthier lifestyle support – for businesses with 30 or more staff
  • Training and support for your staff – to become ‘Blood Pressure Community Connectors’ – ambassadors for promoting the importance of blood pressure testing

The free testing offer has been taken up by a number of businesses in Somerset already and we are generally seeing around a third of people getting higher than normal readings.  This focussed initiative means we are able to offer follow up testing support to understand a person’s average reading and signpost to further intervention and advice if needed.

Many people will have no symptoms of high blood pressure, but it can lead to serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems if left unchecked.

The “Take the Pressure Off” campaign is designed to encourage residents, particularly those aged 40+, to regularly check their blood pressure and take necessary steps towards managing their health.

For more information or to discuss how your workplace could be involved in this programme, please contact us by emailing:

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