On Saturday 4th October 2014, Tawa Rotary Club members assisted Tawa Medical Centre and the Stroke Foundation with the 2014 Blood Pressure Awareness Campaign. We were at New World Tawa or New World Porirua between 10 am and 2 pm where participants could have their blood pressure checked for free.
Helping at New World Tawa are from left, Rotarian Chris Black, President Pat Waite, and Kate from the Tawa Medical Centre.
It was a busy day with many Tawa residents taking the opportunity of having a free blood check.
At New World Porirua - our Rotary coordinator, Gary, reported a successful day with 87 blood pressures taken and awareness information was provided to many others.
Preparing for the day
Malcolm Sparrow, Wellington City Councillor and a member of the Tawa Rotary Club, is shown having his blood pressure taken.
He said “people need to know that a high blood pressure may lead to strokes, and everyone should have their blood pressure checked annually”
Information about blood pressure and other risk factors for a stroke will be provided during the check, and people with raised blood pressure will be referred to their GPs for medical advice and treatment.
A survey last year showed that 40% were taking action as a result of their blood pressure reading, or due to information received on campaign day.
Malcolm said “make sure you set aside a few minutes on Saturday 4th October for a free check-up. It will be simple, quick and painless but may just make a big difference to your health.”