Blood pressure checks

If you are older than 45, it is a good idea to have your blood pressure checked every 5 years.

We have reviewed the practice records and found we don’t have a recorded blood pressure reading for you from the last 5 years.

If we find your blood pressure is high, that might mean you are at higher risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. There are lots of things we can do to easily reduce your blood pressure in that situation and reduce your risk.

It is possibly you have had your blood pressure checked elsewhere – for example, an outpatient clinic – which unfortunately wouldn’t automatically be added to our record.

We would like to get a blood pressure reading from you over the next few weeks. There are multiple ways to do this.

Checking your blood pressure

If you have your own blood pressure machine at home, you can take a reading at home. This youtube video demonstrates the really easy process. You can also pop into many local pharmacies and have it checked there. We also have machines you can borrow for free, or you can book with one of our healthcare assistants.

Sending us the results

The easiest way to send us the results is to reply to the text we have sent you using the link at the bottom of the message. Alternatively, you can visit the practice and drop them off on paper or email it to the practice with your name and date of birth (

What is a normal result?

We look for a blood pressure to ideally be lower than 140 on the top (systolic) and lower than 90 on the bottom (diastolic).

If it is higher than this, we would usually arrange for readings to be taken over a week to see what the average reading is. If this is also high, we would explore ways to bring the blood pressure down.

Last modified: January 24, 2023