Lives saved after blood-pressure checks

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LIVES have been potentially saved during a stroke-awareness health-check event in Hucknall.

The three-hour session, run by Hucknall Rotary Club, with support from St John Ambulance, offered free blood-pressure checks to shoppers.

Of 93 people who took part, a staggering total of 29 were referred to their doctors for further checks because of abnormal readings.

Ten of those were told they ought to see their GPs as a matter of urgency.

Peter Sherlock, of Hucknall Rotary, said: “It is obviously a worthwhile event. I would venture so far as to say lives have been saved or at least strokes and heart attacks have been prevented.

“It is quite worrying to think there are so many people wandering around with blood-pressure problems. I would urge everyone to be checked regularly.”

The free stroke-awareness morning has been run at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street as an annual event for the last seven years.

OUR PHOTO shows Rotary Club president, Richard White, having his own blood-pressure checked by nurse Polly Hill — DISPIC NHUD11-2702-1.