Leeds BP Day in Centenary Year

The Rotary club of Leeds have been holding a Blood Pressure day for several years always in late October, and in this, their Centenary Year, took more BPs than ever before.

As the Victoria Quarter (our venue for the past few years) was not available, we were kindly offered the Merrion Centre. Director Me Edward Ziff whose father Arnold was an active member of the club for many years We held the event on Saturday 24th October, which is five days before October 29th, which has been designated as World Stroke Awareness day.
The Lord Mayor, who is patron of the club, attended the event for half an hour.
The change of venue proved good, and in spite of one or two hiccups in staffing we were kept very busy in the six hours we were “open”. The four nurses were extremely busy all day, for which they have our grateful thanks.
The results certainly beat the previous Yorkshire record of 217 BP’s taken, (this may have also been the U.K. best), we took 278 blood pressures! Thirty eight were referred as non urgent to their G.P’s and seven were urgent referrals.
(one of our photo’s shows our President Keith Harbage having his B.P. taken by our senior nurse Gill, while Tony Clemson – wearing his Centenary T. shirt is holding a paddle which I designed. The other one is with club president, the Lord Mayor and myself.) Also one general shot.
As next year 29th October falls on a Saturday, we feel that will be an appropriate day to hold the event.
It was a very gratifying if not tiring day, enjoyed by all who took part.
Can’t wait for next year!!

Roger Ehrlich