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Health checks run in pubs find people at high CV risk

A series of health checks events run at Wetherspoons pubs across South Wales have led to hundreds of people at risk of cardiovascular disease being referred to see a GP or pharmacist.

The campaign – run by the Mayberry Pharmacy in conjunction with the Wetherspoons pub chain – screened around 800 pub-goers in all, and found 29% of the men and 15% of the women had high blood pressure.

Around a quarter of the men and women smoked and an equal proportion of each group were obese.

Of the men with high blood pressure, 12% had severely high readings. None of the women had severely high blood pressure and 7% had mildly raised levels, but 20% of women who were under the age of 30 had mildly raised levels.

The campaign was led by pharmacists who checked the participants’ lifestyles and weight as well as blood pressure and advised them to go to their GP or pharmacist if they were found to be at risk.

A spokesperson for Mayberry Pharmacy told Pulse the events were well received, with only a small minority of people who were approached declining to take part.

The spokesperson said: ‘What the exact uptake was I’m not sure but anecdotally the feedback was hugely positive.

‘People tended to say, “Great, love the fact you’re here and it’s only a couple of minutes”.’

The findings come as the national NHS Health Checks programme in England is struggling to reach enough of the target population aged 40-75, with less than half of people invited actually attending and calls for different approaches to ensure better uptake among hard-to-reach groups.

Paul Mayberry, managing director of Mayberry Pharmacy, said: ‘The whole purpose of this campaign in partnership with Wetherspoons was to make it easier for people to learn about their health and identify any problems.

‘We know that conditions such as high blood pressure affect thousands of people in Wales, yet very few are aware of the problem or will visit their local pharmacy or GP. By offering these health services in places where people do find it comfortable to be, we are helping save more lives.’

Readers' comments (5)

  • "campaign in partnership with Wetherspoons was to make it easier for people to learn about their health and identify any problems"

    Funny how many of the lifestyle problems seems to be linked to pubs - alcohol, unhealthy food, smoking (now banished to outside),.....

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  • .... and healthy people were found in local gym.

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  • Once again the so called prestigious university hospital of wales has cancelled the appointments for people attending their eye clinics. They have informed people with serious health conditions that their appointment will be deferred for three months. Yet again no information/reason given except the usual insulting brush off 'due to circumstances your appointments has been cancelled'. This service has been atrocious for the most part of the last decade leaving people mostly elderly anxious and fearful about how they will be able to cope. The welsh health minister is still denying serious problems across the whole NHS in Wales. Those who have no choice but to use it know only too well it is failing,

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  • No surprise at the findings - sedatory non activity, alcohol, smoking etc. Come on Wales do something constructive via Health Boards to tackle the real issues of bad management, lack of transparency of data etc and Pulse stop reporting rubbish events!

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  • Award for the blinding obvious goes to this !

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