Blood Pressure Self Monitoring
If you have diabetes or are taking blood pressure medication...
During this time of isolation we are encouraging patients with diabetes or on blood pressure medication to monitor their own blood pressure. If your average readings are above target then please contact the surgery for a GP or nurse telephone review. Please see the steps below to monitoring your own blood pressure.
Step 2: How to measure BP
- Sit down and make yourself comfortable. BP can be higher if you are anxious or uncomfortable.
- Put the cuff on following the instructions that came with your monitor.
- Keep still and do not talk when you are taking the BP reading.
Step 3: When and how often
Take the lowest of 3 readings and compare with with your BP target:
- Diabetes: 135 / 75
- Age less than 80: 135 / 85
- Age 80 and above: 145 / 85
If in target, repeat at least every 6 months and please submit your readings here
If above target please see next step
Step 4: What to do if BP above target
If your BP readings are above target, please carefully monitor for 7 days. Take two readings in both the morning and evening over the 7 days. An average is calculated over day 2 to 7 (day 1 readings are not included). Please download a template to print out and record your readings or use your computer (see links and picture below)
Step 5: Submit your readings to the doctor
Please CLICK HERE to load up a form to submit your average readings through the website.
If the average reading is above target please can you also book a telephone call with the GP or nurse.
If you are needing help working out the average BP please book a telephone call with the GP or nurse.