More than a quarter of men and women who accepted an invitation for a spontaneous blood pressure test in Kinver were referred to their GP for further investigation.
Members of the village’s Rotary Club set up a test centre in the White Harte public house in the High Street in association with the Stroke Association’s national blood pressure awareness day and invited shoppers and visitors inside for an on-the-spot test.
Of the 96 who agreed, 27 were assessed as needing to report to their GP, with a significant number of those recording dangerously high pressure levels.
Among those with “optimum” readings was South Staffs MP Gavin Williamson who dropped in to the centre while canvassing in the village and demonstrated that, in his case, electioneering was totally stress-free (according to his blood pressure).
Rtn Chris Elcock, who organised the project, said: “We were surprised at the numbers who came in and we were quite disturbed at the percentage that we referred to GPs. But that was the reason for the exercise – to alert unsuspecting people of the dangers of strokes from high blood pressure and encourage those who may be vulnerable to take action.”