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Publication date:- 2017-16-09

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FREE blood pressure testing for local residents in Wirral as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

LOCAL residents are urged to get their blood pressure checked for free, as part of Know Your Numbers! Week; the UK's biggest free blood pressure testing event, running this year, from 18 September to 24 September 2017.  45,0001 people in Wirral have high blood pressure but aren't aware. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms, but it is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia. The aim of Know Your Numbers! week is to identify people with undiagnosed high blood pressure. Without knowing their numbers, many people are unable to take those vital steps towards a healthier life.

Free blood pressure checks are being offered at:-


Wednesday, 13 September 2017, Birkenhead Market (10am to 4pm)
Thursday, 14 September 2017, The Lauries, Birkenhead (9am to 12pm)
Tuesday, 19 September 2017, The Cherry Tree Centre, Wallasey (9.30am to 4.30pm)
Tuesday, 19 September 2017, St Catherine's Health Centre (main foyer 12 to 1.30pm)
Thursday, 21 September 2017, St Catherine's Health Centre (main foyer 12 to 1.30pm)
Friday, 13 October 2017, The Pyramids, Birkenhead (time tbc)

Many pharmacies across Wirral provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit. A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. This year, Blood Pressure UK cautions that a poor diet and excess salt intake is leading more young people to develop high blood pressure putting them at risk of having an early stroke. People of all ages can reduce their risk of stroke and other illnesses by 'knowing your numbers' just like you know your height and weight.

Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging people, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week. Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.

Blood pressure can be lowered through lifestyle changes and if necessary taking medication as directed by your doctor.

Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Wirral Council says:- "The message to people is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is 1 of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains 1 of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure."

Shefalee Loth, Nutritionist at Blood Pressure UK says:- "Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in younger patients with high blood pressure, often as a result of too much salt and poor diet. If you start making small changes to your lifestyle when you are young, such as eating less salt, more fruit and vegetable, taking more exercise and keeping to a healthy weight, you will stay healthier and prevent strokes and heart disease."

To find your nearest pressure station online. For further information on:- 'Blood Pressure UK' and 'Know Your Numbers! Week,' you can also go online.


Award winning business helps Merseyside parents save lives

2 local 'Mumpreneneurs' Hannah Dodd and Sarah Rhydderch; have been inspired to train up parents in life saving 1st aid following scary experiences with their own children. Hannah (from the Wirral) and Sarah (from Halsall) are bringing award winning 1st aid classes for adults and children to Merseyside; with the launch of Mini First Aid Wirral and Mini 1st Aid North Merseyside.

Hannah has a wealth of medical and emergency experience; having worked as a paramedic for the Ambulance Service for nearly 20 years. She is also no stranger to 1st aid; having 3 young children of her own aged 6, 7 and 9 years old. Hannah says:- "When my middle child was 5 weeks old, we had an extremely scary incident when he went blue and floppy. We subsequently found out that he had a heart murmur and we were asked if we wanted to be taught how to do CPR. It is something every parent should learn. As a paramedic, I have been in situations where people have been given the best chance of survival due to someone administering correct 1st aid and CPR."

Sarah brings a breadth of previous skills to her new business, having previous experience in a demanding corporate role. She has 4 children of her own, ranging from 2 to 14 years old so she has had plenty of 1st hand experience in administering 1st aid. Sarah says:- "My youngest daughter has childhood epilepsy and had her first seizure when she was just 5 month old which was terrifying. At the time, I looked for a 1st aid class, but there was nothing available. In the back of my mind, I think this has been my main motivation for joining Mini 1st Aid. Being equipped with the knowledge and skills to know what to do in an emergency situation makes such a huge difference."

Hannah and Sarah's launches come at a perfect time as Mini 1st Aid celebrate winning a Gold Award from online magazine, Loved by Parents for their Early Years class teaching 3 to 5 year olds basic and lifesaving 1st aid.

They won't be stopping there of course. Hannah and Sarah have fantastic ideas for teaching 1st aid to pre-School and School children as well as offering full paediatric courses and Mini 1st Aid corporate classes in the workplace.

'Mini' may be in their business name, but Hannah and Sarah are thinking big!  Mini 1st Aid Wirral and Mini 1st Aid North Merseyside offer 2 hour baby and toddler 1st Aid classes for small groups of parents and carers. Classes are informal, but informative and cover:- choking, basic life support, dealing with burns, breaks and bumps, febrile seizures and meningitis awareness. A class costs ₤20 per person.

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