NPAÂ backs May Measurement Month
TheÂ NPAÂ is urging its members to back May Measurement Month (MMM), a worldwide public blood-pressure screening initiative.
The campaign seeks to raise global awareness of hypertension and create the evidence base to influence policy makers.
Resources are available from the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), which is organising the campaign.
Organisers are encouraging a range of health professionals to volunteer to screen people and not just community pharmacies orÂ NPAÂ members.
Leyla Hannbeck,Â NPAÂ chief pharmacist, said: â€œChecking patientsâ€™ blood pressure is a relatively simple intervention that can save lives. TheÂ NPAÂ believes that community pharmacy should play a far greater role in screening and ultimately managing hypertension.
â€œComplications from high blood pressure cost the NHS Â£2bn a year and make up 12% of all GP appointments but we want to change that.
â€œMany of our members already offer blood pressure checks and theÂ NPAÂ is working hard to enable community pharmacy to do more in this area.â€
Last year during MMM, 1.2m people in 100 countries were checked as part of the initiative.
Neil Poulter, Imperial College London professor and ISH president, said: â€œWe can often reduce blood pressure with known lifestyle changes and existing drugs, but unless people know they have hypertension they canâ€™t be treated.Â
â€œSo, a key objective of MMM is, not only to increase public awareness, but also to collect the evidence needed to help influence global health policy and make blood pressure screening more widely available around the world.â€
Digital campaign resources and a toolkit, which includes the ISHâ€™s required methodology, are available to download at www.maymeasure.com.