Patients needing 24-hour blood pressure checks will face much shorter waiting times at Pickering surgery, thanks to extra monitors donated by Ryedale Lions.
The new portable monitors, costing more than £1000 each, will be worn by patients to help identify those with high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of a stroke and be an early signal of potential heart disease.
Existing older equipment in the practice was showing signs of age, and increasing numbers of patients requiring assessment meant that there was often a waiting time of several weeks. Such monitors are recognised as the gold standard method of assessing patients for high blood pressure but are not provided to GPs by the NHS as standard equipment. Without them, patients would have to travel to the hospital to have the monitors fitted and returned.
“Thanks to the Lions, we shall now be able to offer more patients in the surgery much quicker local checks with the new monitors. They will help us to measure blood pressure very accurately while the patient carries on with everyday life,“ said surgery GP, Dr Jim Coppack.
Ryedale Lions made a donation to help the surgery buy the new monitors after one of its own members, Geoff King, was himself placed on the waiting list for a 24-hour blood pressure check. He then realised just how many people were waiting for several weeks because of insufficient equipment.
“I explained the problem to our club members and proposed we used our funds to buy these new monitors. I know from personal experience that getting checked out quickly is very important for both your health and peace of mind and we are very happy to be able to help,” said Geoff.