Pharmacy blood pressure service check finder tool launched
NHS.uk has launched this new tool to support healthcare professionals and patients find their nearest pharmacy. Now would be a good time of year to share this service giving plenty of time to support patients to manage their hypertension before the end of the year.
As a practice, knowing your local pharmacies that offer the service will support your care navigation team and allow you to have a conversation with them about the appropriate referral of these patients back to the practice.
A new service finder on NHS.uk allows healthcare professionals and patients to search for and find a pharmacy that offers free blood pressure checks. The tool explains who is eligible to go to a pharmacy to get their blood pressure checked and can be searched using a postcode, with the nearest pharmacy listed first. Blood pressure conditions pages on NHS.UK have also been updated to signpost to the blood pressure pharmacy finder.
Who can get a free blood pressure check
You can get a free blood pressure check if you:
- are aged 40 or over
- live in England
You cannot get a free blood pressure check if:
- you already have high blood pressure
- a doctor, nurse or pharmacist has checked your blood pressure in the past 6 months
What happens when you get your blood pressure check
A pharmacist will wrap a blood pressure cuff around your upper arm to measure your blood pressure. They will then share the result with you.
Depending on the result, they might:
- give you healthy living advice
- give you a blood pressure monitor to take home with you and return with later
- advise you to see a GP
If you’re registered with a GP surgery, the pharmacist will share your results with them.