Getting the measure of blood pressure monitoring at home

Date: 25 May 2022

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It’s May Measure Month! Raised blood pressure is a leading cause of preventable death worldwide and regular monitoring is essential.

This year’s May Measure Month campaign highlights the importance of a quick check that can detect potential problems early on, which in turn helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other illnesses.

Oxfordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) is raising awareness of May Measure Month and its own ‘Take the Pressure off’ campaign.

Oxfordshire GP surgeries have helped more than 2,200 patients move to home blood pressure (BP) monitoring since 2021 and provided free BP monitors to patients living in areas of higher deprivation and to those unable to buy their own equipment. Patients with higher clinical risk were prioritised in the project’s initial phase.

Dr Ed Capo Bianco at OCCG, said: “Feedback from patients has been positive, with people feeling more confident about managing their health and having a point of contact with a health professional at their GP practice when they need advice."

"Also, practice staff have commented on how beneficial this home monitoring blood pressure programme has been, giving them the ability to check on their patient’s blood pressure control remotely, without the need for repeated visits to the practice.”

There remains the opportunity for many more patients in Oxfordshire with high BP to benefit from home monitoring, representing a great opportunity for the NHS to further build on this work during the coming year.

  • Summary:

    Oxfordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) is raising awareness of May Measure Month and its own ‘Take the Pressure off’ campaign.

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  • Date:
    25 May 2022