Ten community pharmacies in Essex are currently offering free blood pressure checks to test for high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation – a heart condition that significantly increases the risk of stroke and heart failure when undiagnosed. It is hoped that the next phase of the treatment will move towards treatment and management of high blood pressure, known as hypertension.

Why should I get tested?

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart failure, stroke, chronic kidney disease, dementia and premature death. But it can be treated relatively simply. People who take part in the pilot will quickly find out if they are at risk.

They will also be helping to build the evidence for a national community pharmacy hypertension service aimed at easing NHS pressures and improving patient outcomes

What will happen during pilot?

You will have your blood pressure taken by a pharmacist, which only takes a few minutes. People with elevated readings will get diet and lifestyle advice. However, those with higher readings or atrial fibrillation will be offered either 24 hour blood pressure monitoring or home blood pressure monitoring to confirm the reading.

If confirmed, you will be referred to a GP as a matter of urgency. The GP will determine whether you will require treatment, or whether your condition could be managed with lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise.

Am I eligible?

It is likely you will be able to take part in the pilot if:

• You are aged 40 or over.

• You are registered with a UK GP.

• You have been diagnosed with hypertension but would like your blood pressure monitored in the pharmacy.

You cannot take part if you are pregnant.

There could be some other exceptional circumstances that preclude you but the pharmacist will explain, in the unlikely event you are affected.

Where can I take part in the pilot?

All community pharmacists can offer advice about lowering your risk of hypertension and many can take your blood pressure but only the pharmacies below are taking part in the pilot.

Name Address  Contact number
Elora Pharmacy 115 High Rd, South Benfleet, Benfleet, SS7 5LN 01268 792506
Garbett Chemist 23 High Street, Wickford , Essex, SS12 9AE 01268 732042
Hawkwell Pharmacy 212 Main Rd, Hawkwell, Hockley, SS5 4EG 01702 203867
Great Berry Pharmacy Great Berry Centre,Unit 4, Nightingales , Langdon Hills, SS16 6SA 01268 544948
Apple Tree Pharmacy 6 Village Square, Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, CM2 6RF 01245 467612
Easter Pharmacy 54 Station Way, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6LL 0208 502 9997
Met West Pharmacy Staple Tye, 7/8 Perry Rd, Harlow, CM18 7PJ 01279 420658
Christchurch Pharmacy 132 High Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1LB 01376 328157
Kalsons Chemist 138 Hobleythick Lane, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0RJ 01702 347676
Yogi Pharmacy 7 Market Pl, Great Dunmow, Dunmow, CM6 1AX 01371 873325
Oakley Pharmacy 10 Oakley Road, Dovercourt, CO12 4QZ 01255 502586
Oakwood Pharmacy 118 Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3EJ 0208 508 1138


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