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Transforming Communities: NHS Brings Vital Health Checks to Unconventional Places

The NHS is expanding its efforts to conduct blood pressure checks in local communities, including unconventional locations such as barbershops, mosques, and even at dominoes clubs. This initiative is a significant part of a broader campaign aimed at preventing strokes and heart attacks.

Leveraging insights gained from the NHS COVID-19 vaccination program, local healthcare teams are proactively reaching out to their communities to identify potential health issues before they escalate into more severe conditions. These checks are being conducted at easily accessible locations for the convenience of patients.

Recent statistics reveal a remarkable increase in blood pressure checks performed at high street pharmacies. In May 2023, these pharmacies provided a total of 149,865 blood pressure checks for individuals over the age of 40, more than doubling the number conducted in May 2022 (58,345 checks). This increase in screenings is expected to prevent over 1,300 heart attacks and strokes this year.

The initiative encompasses various strategies across different regions:


  1. In Barnsley, South Yorkshire, NHS and council services have launched a mobile blood pressure service named 'How's Thi Ticker.' This service travels to local neighborhoods, including barber shops, supermarkets, and community centers, resulting in more than a third of individuals with high blood pressure being referred to pharmacists. This approach alleviates the burden on GPs and helps identify early signs of heart attacks and strokes.

  2. GPs in Warrington are collaborating with ETC Health at BT to provide oxygen saturation and blood pressure monitoring for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertensive patients. This monitoring is facilitated through a mobile app, with over 1,000 users already benefiting from it, leading to the prevention of six heart attacks and nine strokes.

  3. In Lambeth, NHS teams have partnered with organizations like Black Thrive and MyCommunity Lambeth to offer blood pressure checks at a dominoes club in Brixton. This effort is instrumental in detecting hypertension early.

  4. A community health check day was held at Birmingham Central Mosque, offering various services, including blood pressure and heart health checks, cancer awareness, and lifestyle advice.

Additional funding as part of the primary care access recovery plan is expected to enable an additional 2.5 million blood pressure checks in community pharmacies, potentially preventing over 1,350 cardiovascular events annually, including 113 heart attacks and strokes each month. In the year leading up to March, pharmacy teams conducted more than 1 million blood pressure checks (1,053,278).

David Webb, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, acknowledges the tremendous expansion in blood pressure checks, attributing it to the hard work of community pharmacies and innovative local teams. He emphasizes the importance of early detection through accessible checks to prevent heart attacks and strokes. With the Health Foundation estimating that 9.1 million people will be living with major illnesses by 2040, making early intervention and prevention measures, such as community blood pressure checks, a top priority for the NHS. Integrated care systems have been established to facilitate collaboration between healthcare professionals, councils, and voluntary sectors to address health inequalities and identify those at the highest risk.

Professor Bola Owolabi, NHS Director of Healthcare Inequalities, highlights the substantial impact of high street pharmacies on reducing health inequalities and preventing heart attacks and strokes, particularly in deprived areas and among ethnic minority populations. Health Minister Neil O'Brien emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis in preventing heart attacks and strokes, and the government has allocated significant funding for additional pharmaceutical services, including increased blood pressure checks.

John Maingay, Director of Policy and Influencing at the British Heart Foundation, underscores the significance of making free blood pressure checks readily available in local communities to improve heart health and save lives.

Tase Oputu, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England, praises community pharmacies for their outstanding efforts in doubling the number of blood pressure checks for individuals over 40, addressing health inequalities and providing expert advice and services.

Dr. David Crichton, Chief Medical Officer at NHS South Yorkshire, highlights the community-centered approach that helps tackle health inequalities and provides vital support and treatment to those in need. This approach also aligns with the desire for more integrated and accessible healthcare services.

Dr. Dan Bunstone, Clinical Director at the Warrington Innovation Primary Care Network, lauds the proactive approach of using technology to support patients at home, reduce the pressure on primary care, and transition to a preventative model of care.


In conclusion, the NHS's expansion of blood pressure checks in local communities represents a commendable effort to proactively address public health concerns. By bringing these essential health screenings to unconventional venues like barbershops, mosques, and dominoes clubs, healthcare professionals are making it more convenient for individuals to prioritize their well-being.

The significant increase in the number of blood pressure checks conducted at high street pharmacies demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach in reaching a broader population. Preventing over 1,300 heart attacks and strokes in a single year is a substantial accomplishment that underscores the importance of early detection and intervention.

Moreover, the initiative aligns with the projected rise in the number of people living with major illnesses in the coming years. With health inequalities and disparities in mind, the NHS is actively working to ensure that healthcare services are accessible and integrated across various sectors, benefiting individuals from all walks of life.


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