Let’s take action to beat chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland.
High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke but also plays a significant role in heart attacks and heart disease.
High blood pressure can be prevented and successfully treated but only if it has been diagnosed.
Unfortunately, high blood pressure very rarely has any symptoms and so the only way to know your blood pressure is by having it checked.
The Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ campaign aims to educate thousands of people across Scotland about the dangers of high blood pressure, and offer free blood pressure checks and friendly advice - but we can only achieve this through supporters and community groups across Scotland holding their own local ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ events.
By working with us through the ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ campaign, you can take action to beat chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland.
We can only do this together.
By holding a ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ event you will be educating those in your area about the dangers of high blood pressure.
We need as many supporters and community groups as possible to hold events.
So let’s take action together to save lives across Scotland.
Step 1: Register yourself as a ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ organiser.
Step 2: Choose your location.
To help raise awareness of blood pressure with as many people as possible, it is worth choosing a busy location such as outside a supermarket, in a shopping centre, or a church or town hall located on the main street or a busy thoroughfare. Alternatively you may want to hold it at a community fair or other local event.
Wherever you choose, you will need enough space to have a registration table, some chairs and as many blood pressure testing ‘stations’ as required – depending on the number of health professional(s) who are supporting your event.
Ideally each station should be screened off to provide privacy, and will need two chairs and a small table. The registration table will need to be large enough to hold all your materials. Our ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ posters (sent once you register your event) should be displayed prominently to attract visitors.
Step 3: Recruit your helpers/volunteers.
You will need to recruit a number of volunteers:
• Some people to staff the registration stand, direct people to testing stations and distribute information leaflets.
• Health professional(s) to take the blood pressure measurements.
If you don’t already have an existing contact who is trained to take blood pressures, we recommend making local approaches to:
• GP surgeries/medical centres.
• District and community nurses
• Hospitals, especially A&E and heart/stroke units.
• The Scottish Ambulance Service.
Step 4: Secure the relevant blood pressure equipment
You will need either manual or automatic blood pressure testing equipment for each of your testing stations.
Many health professionals will have their own equipment but we advise that you check with all those taking part whether they are able to provide this or whether you will need to provide it for them. Equipment should include both large and small blood pressure cuffs and should have been recently calibrated to ensure accurate readings.
Loans of blood pressure equipment can sometimes be arranged with GP surgeries, out-patient departments and health promotion units. Again, we are here to help and will work with you to find blood pressure testing equipment.
Step 5: Order your support materials
Once you have registered as a ‘Blood Pressure Matters’ organiser - click here to register
(see step 1) you will be able to order further support materials
• Your Blood Pressure Testing pack – this guide includes a best practice protocol for those taking the blood pressures at your event, recording forms, and forms for each person who is tested to take away.
• Posters, banners and information booklets on heart disease and stroke - using our Materials Order Form you can order as many materials as you need to help promote your event and provide health information to those having their blood pressure taken or just passing by.
• Fundraising materials such as collection buckets, tins and balloons. You may like to use the Blood Pressure Matters event to raise vital funds for CHSS. Every pound raised will support those living with chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland.
You should complete your Materials Order Form at least three weeks before your event to ensure you receive all your materials in time.
If you haven't yet already done so...