Under pressure?

The Wellpoint kiosk at The Gateway
The Wellpoint kiosk at The Gateway
Published: Thursday, 12th October 2017

More than 23,000 people in Warrington have high blood pressure and don't know it.

Warrington Borough Council’s public health team is advising people to come and try the new Wellpoint Health Kiosk which will help you monitor your blood pressure. You can check your own blood pressure and find out your heart age.

The kiosk will be available to use at:

  • Until 21 October – The Gateway, Sankey Street
  • 2nd December - 2nd February – Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and wellbeing, said: “High blood pressure can often go unnoticed as it doesn't cause symptoms and it puts you at risk of serious conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

"It doesn’t always have to be managed with medication – sometimes a change in diet or simply doing a bit more exercise can help. Don't delay – get your blood pressure checked today.”

After taking your blood pressure reading, the kiosk may advise you to have your blood pressure checked again in five minutes if the reading is high, and will offer advice on whether you need to seek advice from a health professional. If the reading is normal, the kiosk will offer advice on healthy lifestyles and suggest you check your blood pressure again at a future date.