Blood Pressure check

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Our club organise this event, on an annual basis, to make the public aware of the importance of checking blood pressure. Over the years a number of people have benefitted from this project.

Know your Blood Pressure Day


St Mary’s Church Hall had been tastefully decorated with flags, tablecloths and pictures when Bill Whittaker and team turned up to organise the Know Your Blood Pressure Day. It turned out that the decorations were not there as a tribute to Rotary but to Her Majesty the Queen on her 90th birthday.

Members of the public queued to enter the inner sanctum, offering their outstretched arms to retired local GP Dr Mike Olver and retired nursing officer Rtn Val Atkinson, and emerged later with a small piece of paper.

With 45 people availing themselves of the offer of a free blood pressure test – including our own President Richard – the event was judged to be a success. As a result of the check Richard was advised by Dr Olver to book an appointment with his GP. This he did, by which time his blood pressure had returned to an acceptable level.

Was it the excitement of the decorations, Richard?

Incidentally, in a year when we celebrate the third generation of the Hovey presidency, Richard says that Dr Olver has been his GP since birth and that he also looked after his father and grandfather – three generations of Rotary presidents.

John Higgins (Publicity Officer)