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Bit of an odd one! Where can you get a blood pressure check?

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Dumbo412 Tue 21-Mar-17 13:57:58

I'm a fairly hefty woman, have in the past had worries about blood pressure, upon a 24 hour check. All seemed well.

I have been better with my eating until it all slipped back again.

Well, past week or so I've been feeling quite dizzy, mega headaches, a bit confused and waking up with nosebleeds.

MIL has said it sounds like high blood pressure.

I'm now concerned I might just fall down dead. Drs say they can't fit me in and I must go through 111.

Where else can I turn for a blood pressure check?

dementedpixie Tue 21-Mar-17 13:58:52

Some chemists offer a service. Lloyds pharmacy maybe? Practice nurse at gp

KayTee87 Tue 21-Mar-17 13:58:57

Boots x

dementedpixie Tue 21-Mar-17 14:00:21

http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/info/blood-pressure-testing

Barmaid101 Tue 21-Mar-17 14:01:32

Boots do go in and Ask to speak to the pharmacist

MsHooliesCardigan Tue 21-Mar-17 14:04:29

You can buy blood pressure machines quite cheaply these days and they're pretty accurate- Lloyds do cheap ones.

user1473069303 Tue 21-Mar-17 14:13:06

Just to add: if you decide to buy a machine, make sure the cuff size is large enough. I'm pretty hefty, too.

miserableandinpain Tue 21-Mar-17 14:15:15

Most go surgeries have one in the reception waiting area that you can do yourself

dementedpixie Tue 21-Mar-17 14:57:55

I have never seen a blood pressure monitor in a gp waiting area. I also have one at home with a large cuff for my fat upper arm

LilacSpatula Tue 21-Mar-17 15:00:03

You can buy your own or my Dr's has one in reception. If you need an appointment though then make one - you don't have to tell the receptionist what it's about.

Applebite Tue 21-Mar-17 15:00:45

Tesco pharmacy does it for free!

Applebite Tue 21-Mar-17 15:31:42

Also don't be surprised if it's a bit high - mine is always loads lower at home!

LadyPW Tue 21-Mar-17 16:43:52

Chemist or buy one online (Amazon). But don't eat beforehand, don't do anything remotely energetic, & go to the toilet first (seriously). And mine is lower at home too - I get way too stressed even in the chemist!

Dumbo412 Tue 21-Mar-17 16:54:21

Thanks everyone!

I went to lloyds! My blood pressure was very high, the drs decided to get me an emergency appt when I told them my blood pressure reading!

Drs confirmed it was high and I'm now just going into boots to collect my prescription.

Been a bit of an afternoon!

Ta1kinPeace Tue 21-Mar-17 17:22:33

I have a free app on my phone that does it

Applebite Tue 21-Mar-17 18:07:28

Bless you - well done for getting it checked. Hope the medication works wonders quickly

IamFriedSpam Tue 21-Mar-17 18:25:08

My GP surgery has one that you can walk in and use (you can then give the print off in to reception if you want it added to your medical records).

IamFriedSpam Tue 21-Mar-17 18:25:37

Ooo x-post glad you got it figured out!

Hellothereitsme Tue 21-Mar-17 18:31:11

We don't have one in our GP surgery. Sounds like a good idea though.

Janey50 Tue 21-Mar-17 18:43:35

I had mine done at an Asda pharmacy a couple of years ago. I think most pharmacies attached to large supermarkets offer this service for free. Look up the phone number of your nearest big supermarket with a pharmacy and ask if they offer this. You may have to make an appointment (I did) but they can usually fit you in within a couple of days (mine did). Alternatively,I am pretty sure Lloyds pharmacy also offers this service.

Ta1kinPeace Tue 21-Mar-17 19:03:51

or do it yourself on your phone whenever you like .....

Muddlewitch Tue 21-Mar-17 19:08:53

How does it work on your phone?

Ta1kinPeace Tue 21-Mar-17 19:13:24

I've got iCare downloaded and it seems to work OK

Dumbo412 Tue 21-Mar-17 20:23:48

Talk in peace. I've downloaded the app. It's cool, but saying my blood pressure is the middle of normal range which isn't true!

Though it did pick up on me being irritable!

My blood pressure reading in the Drs and at lloyds were 170/104 and 160/104.

Hopefully the tablets will help!

Ta1kinPeace Tue 21-Mar-17 20:25:45

at home, were you sitting down or standing up ?
and how stressed are you?
I have low / normal blood pressure and it seems to be agreeing with the doctors numbers

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