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Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring


Often home readings are more accurate than in a clinical setting as some people suffer from ‘white-coat syndrome’ - a falsely high blood pressure when they attend the surgery. We want to ensure we are treating your ‘true’ blood pressure readings therefore please follow the following instructions.


Please ensure that you are sat comfortably for 5 minutes, relaxed and not moving or talking. Remember that exercise, drinking coffee or smoking a cigarette immediately before taking a blood pressure measurement will elevate you blood pressure, as will talking while the measurement is being taken.


Ensure your arm is supported and at heart level.


Take 2 readings on the same arm at least 1 minute apart and write down the lowest reading.


After 7 days of readings we would like you work your average blood pressure. To do this you first need to discard Day 1’s readings.


Add together all the remaining AM and PM systolic (top) readings (there should be 12 in total) and divide by 12. This is your average systolic blood pressure.


Add together all the remaining AM and PM diastolic (bottom) readings and dividing by 12. This is you average diastolic blood pressure.











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