What is the blood pressure checks service?

The blood pressure checks service is designed to help with early detection and treatment of hypertension to help avoid serious health complications. Similar to a normal blood pressure test, one of our pharmacists will start by measuring your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is higher than140/90mmHg, you will be offered 24-hour blood pressure monitoring known as ABPM.

Who is eligible for the service?

You can use this FREE service if you are:

  • An adult over the age of 40 who has not previously been diagnosed with hypertension 
  • An adult under the age of 40 who has a recognised family history of hypertension  
  • You are aged between 35 and 39 and have been assessed as eligible for the service by our pharmacist  
  • You have been referred by your GP for a blood pressure check or ambulatory blood pressure measurement 

If you do not match any of the above criteria you can still have your blood pressure checked with our private service. Find out more here.

Please note the NHS blood pressure checks service in only available in selected stores in England. You can find your nearest participating store here.

What happens during the blood pressure checks service?

Our pharmacist will invite you to a face-to-face consultation and your blood pressure measurement will be taken 

Our pharmacist will discuss your results and explain next steps

You will be given a copy of your results to take home

If your blood pressure is higher than140/90mmHg, you will be offered 24-hour blood pressure monitoring known as ABPM

What is Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)?

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring is (ABPM) is when your blood pressure will be tested every 30 minutes by wearing a portable device on your waist for the duration of 24 hours. It will give your pharmacist and GP a clear picture of how your blood pressure changes over the day.

Next steps

If your blood pressure is found to be high, you’ll be invited for ABPM (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring). This will involve you using an ABPM monitor to further assess your blood pressure. Our pharmacist will show you how to wear the monitoring device and will book you in for a follow up appointment to discuss the blood pressure reading and to take you through your next steps. In most cases you’ll be given the ABPM monitor there and then to take away for 24 hours or you will be booked for another appointment.

Your ABPM results

Once your results have been interpreted, your pharmacist will advise you of the next steps. This may include lifestyle advice, referral to another healthcare provider. You will be given a record of your results.

*NHS Community Pharmacy Hypertension Case-Finding Advanced Service Specification.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is ABPM?

    Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) measures blood pressure at regular intervals over a 24-hour period.

  • When should ABPM be used?

    If your readings fall within high blood pressure - higher than 140/90mmHg, you will be offered ABPM.

  • How is ABPM performed

    Your pharmacist will provide you with the loan of a device to enable 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. They will fit the device and explain how it works.

  • How does ABPM record blood pressure?

    The ABPM will record all readings throughout the 24-hour period and calculate an average. Your pharmacist will interpret the readings during your follow up appointment.

  • What do I do next?

    Visit your local LloydsPharmacy and ask for your check-up, or book your appointment in advance with our booking form. Please note the NHS blood pressure checks service is only available in England.

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