Marking May Measurement Month with CACT

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26th April 2019 7:55am

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the British Heart Foundation to celebrate May Measurement Month, a global awareness campaign encouraging access to blood pressure screening.

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Knowing if you have it could be life-saving. Getting your blood pressure checked is quick and easy.

Most of those who have high blood pressure don’t know it. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that can have significant health implications, but it doesn’t always have signs or symptoms. The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked. 

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the measurement of the force of the blood pumping around your body. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers, systolic and diastolic. Systolic is the measurement of the pressure of the blood being pumped out of the heart, or when it contracts. Diastolic is when your heart is relaxing in between beats. 

Know your numbers

Even if you don’t think you have high blood pressure you should still get it checked. Knowing what your blood pressure is and what is normal and healthy for you is really important.

Delivering blood pressures in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Blood Pressure – Be Sure programme is part of the comprehensive work CACT’s Health Improvement strand is commissioned to deliver by Royal Borough of Greenwich Public Health.

Throughout the month of May, CACT’s blood pressure outreach team are touring the Borough with their mobile unit and will be at the following locations:

Tuesday 7 May – Friday 10 May, Woolwich Market, 10am – 4pm 

Tuesday 14 May – Friday 17 May, Morrison’s, Thamesmead, 10am – 4pm 

Tuesday 21 May – Friday 24 May, General Gordon Square, Woolwich 10am – 4pm 

There are also eight pharmacies in the Royal Borough of Greenwich where you can also get a free check throughout the year:-

- St James Pharmacy, 52 Powis Street, Woolwich, SE18 6LQ

- Whinchat Pharmacy, 1 Whinchat Road, Thamesmead, SE28 0DZ

- Temple Pharmacy Lakedale, 31 – 33 Lakedale Road, Plumstead, SE18 1PP 

- Temple Slade, 6 The Slade, Plumstead, SE18 2NB 

- Chemcare Pharmacy, 1 Elford Close, Kidbrooke, SE3 9FA 

- Worthcare Pharmacy, Gallions Reach Health Centre, Bentham Road, SE28 8BE 

- The Village Pharmacy, 9 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UG 

- P.E Logan LTD, 209 Trafalgar Road, SE10 9EQ

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