Our Mobile Health Clinic proves popular in helping local people get their blood pressure checked

Last week, we partnered with Well Pharmacy to host a pop-up health clinic in Glass Works Square, placing accessible health checks and advice at the heart of our town centre.

Our Public Health team delivered over 100 free blood pressure checks at the week-long drop-in, building on the success of our ‘How’s Thi Ticker?’ campaign.

Launched last summer, we have been out in communities across Barnsley, encouraging those most at risk of high blood pressure to get tested. To date, the team has run over 130 sessions across the borough, including in libraries, markets and community centres.

Working with Area Teams, GPs and pharmacies, we have delivered more than 2,300 free blood pressure checks for residents.

Those with a high blood pressure reading – a diagnosis that could save lives – have then been referred to their GP or local pharmacy for support in bringing down their numbers.

At last week’s pop-up health clinic, trained pharmacists also saw over 250 people, helping them access services in their communities and delivering flu jabs for eligible people.

Councillor Caroline Makinson, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities, said: “In Barnsley, we want everyone to be able to enjoy life in good physical and mental health. As part of this ambition, we’re committed to working with our partners to help our communities get the advice and support they need to live happy, healthy lives.

“It was great to see so many people coming to our pop-up health clinic, talking to trained advisors and getting free health checks while exploring what our fantastic town centre has to offer. A massive thank you to our partners across health and care for helping to make this innovative drop-in happen.”

We have free blood pressure check sessions planned throughout the spring, where you can find out your numbers and get advice on how to look after your ticker. Keep an eye on Barnsley Council’s social media channels for more information.

High blood pressure rarely has any noticeable symptoms, but if it isn’t diagnosed and treated, it can lead to serious health problems like heart attacks and strokes. It is therefore important for anyone over the age of 40 to get their blood pressure tested regularly.

If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, please visit your GP and look out for the ‘How’s Thi Ticker?’ window sticker in local pharmacies across Barnsley.

There’s also still plenty of time to get your winter vaccinations and boost your immunity.

Visit the NHS website for more information on getting your flu jabs and Covid vaccines, including how you can book your appointments.

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