Student nurses at the University of Chester are joining forces with the Rotary Club of Chester to run a free blood pressure awareness day in the city centre.

Chris Barker, senior lecturer in nursing, and a team of student nurses will be available in The Forum branch of Boots to measure blood pressure for members of the public on Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 3pm.

The Stroke Association reports that high blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke and around 40 per cent of all strokes could be prevented if people with undiagnosed high blood pressure were identified and treated.

Chris said: “High blood pressure now accounts for nearly 50% of all strokes, and yet is easily treatable. Let’s do what we can to raise awareness of this and continue to help with the prevention of strokes by targeting some of the 16 million people in the UK with high blood pressure.

“Members of the public are welcome to visit our stand to have their blood pressure checked and learn more about blood pressure awareness.

“Appointments aren’t necessary on the day. Just come along. All are welcome.”

Part of a national campaign, ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ aims to raise awareness of high blood pressure through events which offer free blood pressure checks, advice and information. At these events, information on other risk factors such as atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) is available as well as guidance on how healthy eating, smoking and alcohol are linked to stroke. Guidance on how to spot the signs of a stroke using the FAST (Face, Arm and Speech, Time) test is also offered.

Brian Price, President, of the Rotary Club of Chester, said: “High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke. However, the blood pressure test is short, painless and simple and so we urge people to come along to our event at The Forum and get tested.

“Rotary clubs are here to help communities and this is just one of the many projects members are involved in. This is a great opportunity to meet your local Rotary club as well as checking out your health.”