Two blood pressure advisors, Marian Chilton and Jaz Sandhu, will be touring Telford and Wrekin this year taking people’s blood pressure as part of an innovative community-based project.

Their aim is to carry out 10,000 new blood pressure tests by the end of March 2020.

The advisors are in place thanks to funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which was awarded to Telford & Wrekin Council to lead this ground-breaking scheme.

Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “People often don’t know they have high blood pressure until it’s too late as there are no symptoms – the consequences could be suffering a stroke or heart attack.

“People with no symptoms do not go to their doctor, so they don’t get their blood pressure tested unless they feel ill.

“Thousands more people will have their blood pressure checked by testing in convenient community locations rather than in GP surgeries, and this will help to identify some of the estimated 18,000 people in Telford and Wrekin who currently have undetected high blood pressure.”

The advisors will be visiting large employers in the borough, such as the police, the council, Veolia and Ideverde. Marian and Jaz will also be at a series of public events so members of the public can have a quick test.

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