Clitheroe’s role in national stroke campaign

Rotary Stroke Awareness event in Clitheroe
Rotary Stroke Awareness event in Clitheroe
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The two local Rotary Clubs, Clitheroe and Ribblesdale ,joined forces in support of the National Stroke Association, who gather blood pressure data nationally one day per year.

In Clitheroe, health professionals and local First Responders supported Rotary by gathering blood pressure data from the general public at a temporary shop in Castle Street.

First Responders also took the opportunity, with the assistance of “Annie” the resuscitation dummy to demonstrate resuscitation techniques and how to use a defibrillator. Clitheroe Rotary Club has funded two defibrillators for the town centre,and these are located at Maxwell’s Cafe Bar and Honeywell’s Estate Agents.

Town Crier and Rotarian Roland Hailwood could be heard throughout the town centre and from the Castle Keep, encouraging people to attend with a cry “Do you know your blood pressure!”

When approaching town centre shoppers to have their blood pressure taken, Rotarians found that, compared with previous years, an increased number of people were aware of the importance of knowing their blood pressure and either took their own readings at home or attended the health centre.

This year’s statistics in Clitheroe were: 142 people had their blood pressure taken on the day; 24 were advised to contact their doctor for a routine follow up; four people were advised to contact their doctor within a few days. Similar numbers were referred to their doctor last year.

Rotary would like to thank the doctors, nurses and First Responders who gave up their time to make this year’s event such a success, and also the people of the Ribble Valley and beyond for taking part.