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
Please note the NHS blood pressure checks service is only available in England.
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.
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?
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