Take control and reduce the pressure

Wellpoint Health Kiosk
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin having her blood pressure checked at the Wellpoint Health Kiosk.
Published: Tuesday, 5th June 2018

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 spend five minutes at the Wellpoint Health Kiosk to help you monitor your blood pressure.

The kiosk is moving around the borough and residents are being encouraged to use it to find out if they have a healthy blood pressure or whether they need to seek medical advice.

You can also find out your heart age, BMI and body fat composition.

The kiosk is available at the following locations:

  • Orford Community Hub, Festival Avenue, 2 – 15 June
  • Fearnhead Cross Community and Youth Centre, Insall Road, 16 – 29 June
  • 22nd May – 1st June – Culcheth Community Campus, Warrington Road, Culcheth WA3 5HH
  • 1st June – 15th June – Orford Community Hub, Festival Ave, Orford WA2 9EP
  • 15th June – 29th June – Fearnhead Cross Community and Youth Centre, Insall Road, Padgate WA2 0HB
  • 29th June – 13th July – Burtonwood Library, Chapel Lane, Burtonwood WA5 4PS (TBC)
  • 13th July – 31st August – Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall Road, Woolston WA1 4PN
  • 31st  August – 10th October – The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, WA1 1SR
  • 12th October – 23rd November – Broomfields Leisure Centre, Broomfields Road, Appleton WA4 3AE
  • 20th December – 1st February – Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, Orford WA2 8HE
  • 1st February – 30th April – Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane, Warrington WA5 1QG

The kiosk has been available at various locations for members of the public to use since October. Statistics at the end of April show that just over 1,500 people have used the kiosk and, of these, 27% had high blood pressure.

The results also show that 67% of users were either overweight or obese, and 45% had a higher heart age than their actual age.

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

“High blood pressure 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. It will also 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.

For more information about blood pressure, visit warrington.gov.uk/bloodpressure