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Over 50,000 local people now benefiting from local NHS blood pressure monitoring programme.

06 Oct Over 50,000 local people now benefiting from local NHS blood pressure monitoring programme.

The local NHS is delighted to announce that it now has 51,649 residents participating in the BP@Home programme. National research shows that for every 50,000 patients monitoring their blood pressure at home we can prevent up to 500 heart attacks and almost 750 strokes over a period of 5 years.

The programme encourages residents to know their blood pressure numbers in order to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Earlier this year, the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board was selected to be a trailblazer as part of a national pilot to test out how residents can improve their health outcomes through the self-monitoring BP@Home programme. The rollout supports the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions to prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes, and dementia cases over the next 10 years.

Evidence from various studies has shown that self-care and remote monitoring of blood pressure is very effective. Benefits include being good value for money and saving time, but, most importantly, saving people’s lives and helping to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Dr Pete Scolding, Assistant Medical Director Mid- and South Essex Integrated Care System said: “It is a phenomenal achievement to see that over 50,000 local people have participated in the BP@Home programme. I am delighted that we have reached this milestone in such a quick period of time”.

“Monitoring blood pressure is so important, it means that residents can become more aware of their own health and can be proactive in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes”.

“This milestone achievement couldn’t have been possible without strong partnership working across local health and care organisations and staff working hard behind the scenes to make it easier to prevent crisis and keep people healthy and independent, for as long as possible.”

Patients wishing to participate in home blood pressure monitoring can do so through discussion with their GP surgery or participating pharmacies.