Measuring your Blood Pressure
Many of you may not be aware that we have a automatic blood pressure (BP) machine in the surgery for patients to self monitor their BP free of charge. Monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis has many benefits for you and also helps your GP to manage your conditions better. The machine is located next to the pharmacy and outside the health promotion room.
The nurse or doctor may recommend that you self monitor your blood pressure over a week at home, you will be loaned a BP machine from the surgery for this purpose.
The benefits of self monitoring;
- Encourage improved control - By monitoring your BP on a regular basis you will be in a better position to act upon any changes that may occur.
- Help track your treatment - See the progress of new medications for yourself, remember to feedback your results to your GP.
- Help make an early diagnosis of high blood pressure - Some of us do not realise we have high blood pressure until it's too late. Taking a bit of time to check your BP could help identify a problem so that you get the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
- Check if your blood pressure is different outside the doctor's office - We all know that seeing the GP can add a little stress so comparing results in and out of the consultation room will give you a better idea of your blood pressure reading.
If you do have your BP tested then please pass the result on to your GP. There is a box by the BP machine for depositing your result. Keeping your doctor informed will help them make the appropriate care choices for you.
Please Click Here for more information on using the machine correctly.