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Libraries, including Ruislip, launch free blood pressure monitor loan scheme

Hillingdon Council, in partnership with NHS West London and Confederation Hillingdon CIC, has introduced a blood pressure monitor loan scheme. The initiative aims to assist residents in conveniently monitoring their health. These monitors will be available for borrowing at no cost from three Hillingdon libraries.

This initiative coincides with Heart Month, an annual campaign by the British Heart Foundation aimed at raising awareness about crucial lifesaving skills and heart disease detection. Undiagnosed hypertension affects over 43,000 adults in Hillingdon, potentially leading to severe health issues like cardiovascular diseases or strokes.

Adult residents over 18 years old, library members, and most Hillingdon registered patients are eligible to borrow the kits for a two-week period. They can perform regular blood pressure checks at home, generating sufficient data for medical assessment.

The kits will be available at Botwell Green, Ruislip Manor, and Uxbridge libraries, subject to availability. After recording readings for seven consecutive days, residents can present the results to their local surgery or any participating library for data upload and review by a healthcare professional.

Cllr Jane Palmer, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We’re delighted to be working with our health partners to offer this free blood pressure monitor loan scheme, this is another example of partnership working which is a vital part of our commitment to helping residents live healthier lives.”

“High blood pressure is a major cause of diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, so it’s crucial to identify the signs early. Early intervention means residents can start making healthy lifestyle changes or get the required medical advice from a doctor well before serious symptoms occur.”

To support Heart Month, the council is hosting various events and activities in libraries to promote healthier lifestyles and heart health. The complete list of events can be found on discover.hillingdon.gov.uk/heart-month-events.

Residents can find more information about the blood pressure monitor loan scheme and check their eligibility at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/blood-pressure-kits.