The health check scheme that could save your life

Councillor Jeanie Bell (centre) pictured with Health'Improvement Co-Ordinator, Eric Britch (left) and St Helens Council's'Director of Public Health, Liz Gaulton (right) getting her blood pressure'numbers checked as part of 'Know Your Numbers! Week
Councillor Jeanie Bell (centre) pictured with Health'Improvement Co-Ordinator, Eric Britch (left) and St Helens Council's'Director of Public Health, Liz Gaulton (right) getting her blood pressure'numbers checked as part of 'Know Your Numbers! Week

Scores of St Helens residents have been making vital checks to ensure their health is spot on.

More than 200 people turned out to a specialised event in the town centre to find out their blood pressure numbers as part of a national campaign by Blood Pressure UK.

The Council’s Healthy Living Team were on hand in Church Square to offer free checks to shoppers during ‘Know Your Numbers! Week’.

Here, visitors could receive their blood pressure numbers and advice on how to maintain healthy blood pressure.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Coun Jeanie Bell, was among those to get their readings and stressed the importance of getting blood pressure levels checked.

She said: “Many people don’t realise they have high blood pressure because it usually has no symptoms, yet it is the biggest known cause of premature death and disability in the UK due to the strokes, heart attacks and heart diseases it causes, which is why it is labelled the ‘silent killer’.

“By holding events like this, it gives residents peace of mind that they can receive their blood pressure numbers and with the help of our vastly experienced team, take the necessary action to reach and maintain healthy blood pressure.”

Those aged 16 or over can book in for a free health check with the Healthy Living Team which will include a blood pressure check.

Anybody aged 40 to 74 may also be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.

Call the Healthy Living Team on 0300 300 0103 for more information and to book a health check appointment.