Stroke Awareness Day

08/04/2006

 

Saturday the 8th April saw members of Hanwell & Northfields Rotary Club host their second annual Blood Pressure measuring day in support of the national Stroke Awareness day.

The event was a great success with almost double the number of people being seen by the doctors and nurses this year.

124 people had their blood pressures measured, of these 24 were referred to their GP for further follow up, with 9 of these people being advised to see their GP as a matter of urgency.

It is hard to believe that each year over 130,000 people in England and Wales suffer from a stroke and a large proportion of these strokes are caused by high blood pressure. It is believed that for every 10 people who die of a stroke 4 could have been saved if their blood pressure problems had been identified early enough.

This is the 4th year running that Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has supported the Stroke Association and it is now a well established event on the Rotary calendar.

It would not be possible to hold the event if it where not for the support of the local Doctors and Nurses that carry out the tests on the day, this year we were supported by Dr Janet Ballard from Ealing Hospital, Dr Zubeda Osman a local practitioner and two nurses from Hammersmith hospital Michelle Youens and Gilly Treamon.