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​GPs urged to consider blood pressure when referring patients for surgery

GPs are being urged to only refer patients for elective surgery if their blood pressure has been recorded at below 160/100mmHg in the past 12 months, under new guidelines aimed at cutting the number of operations cancelled because of high blood pressure.

The guidelines – from the British Hypertension Society and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland – also call on GPs to make sure they include blood pressure readings in all referral documents, saving time and avoiding unnecessary cancellations because of high blood pressures recorded once the patient has gone into hospital for the operation.

GP recordings will provide the confirmation needed for surgeons to proceed with surgery, removing the requirement for readings in secondary care, the organisations argue.

The guidelines have been introduced to establish one formal document that can be used ‘as a benchmark’ for all GPs to know what readings are appropriate when referring patients for elect

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