Valley MP under pressure

Dr Mike Smith takes Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans' blood pressure as part of Stroke Awareness Day 2013.
Dr Mike Smith takes Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans' blood pressure as part of Stroke Awareness Day 2013.

As part of “Know Your Blood Pressure Day” the Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Ribblesdale, in conjunction with the National Stroke Association, held a Town Centre free drop-in Blood Pressure Testing Station at the United Reform Church in Clitheroe.

Almost 150 people were tested, with 48 being advised to visit their Doctor for further precautionary checks, illustrating the value of the event in in terms of identifying possible problems.

Many people, including Rotarian and local MP Nigel Evans, said they were delighted to see this Rotary community initiative taking place, as they keep intending to have their blood pressure tested but, never quite get around to doing it! Mr Evans is picture having his blood pressure cheked by Dr Mike Smith as part of the event.

Tests were carried out by medical professionals, with each person receiving a simple test report. Rotary will now report the local numbers to the Stroke Association, who compile national statistics by post code.

Rotary would like to thank all those that came along to support this community health initiative, along with the United Reform Church for the loan of their premises and the medical professionals who gave up their time.

The Rotary Club of Clitheroe has also just taken delivery of two defibrillator kits which will be placed in two Clitheroe Town Centre retail locations within the next few weeks. Watch out for further information of these locations and the locations of other community defibrillators coming to Clitheroe, making the town a safe place to shop.