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Blood pressure monitors can now be borrowed from libraries in Hampshire following Hampshire County Council initiative





Hampshire residents can now borrow blood pressure monitors from their local library, alongside books and magazines.

In a move to help local people to take charge of their own health, Hampshire County Council has made devices available for free at all its libraries.

Hampshire residents can now borrow blood pressure monitors from their local library, alongside books and magazines, thanks to Hampshire County Council
Hampshire residents can now borrow blood pressure monitors from their local library, alongside books and magazines, thanks to Hampshire County Council

Each monitor can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis.

It comes in a box, with a leaflet containing easy-to-follow instructions on how to use the device and understand the results, as well as what to do if you are concerned about the readings.

The monitors can be borrowed for up to 14 days at a time, and each of Hampshire’s 40 library branches will have three devices each.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, the county council’s executive lead member for adult social care and public health, said: “If left untreated, high blood (hypertension) can lead to strokes, heart attacks, coronary heart disease and heart failure but, worryingly, a third of people in the UK who are affected, are unaware.

Hampshire County Council offices
Hampshire County Council offices

“We want to make it easy and convenient for people to ‘know their numbers’, particularly as one in four of us have high blood pressure.

“Borrowing a monitor from a library is a simple way of checking if yours is too high or too low and then taking action.

“As the local public health authority for Hampshire, the county council has a duty to improve the health of residents, which is why we are supporting initiatives like these that empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing.”



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