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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Do You Know Your Number?

As part of their ongoing commitment to employee wellbeing Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police’s Occupational Health teams will be visiting fire and police stations across Staffordshire to raise awareness amongst staff about Know Your Numbers week.

"We want to use this opportunity to promote the importance of knowing what your blood pressure result means and we will be providing the checks free of charge to any members of fire and police staff who want one."

Margaret Grahamslaw, Interim Occupational Health Manager

Know Your Numbers week is a nationwide event and commences on September 13th. The aim of the week is to highlight the importance of knowing your blood pressure numbers and what they mean.

The Occupational Health team will be offering free checks to fire and police personnel throughout the Know Your Numbers week. Margaret Grahamslaw, interim Occupational Health Manager said: "The well-being of our staff is of the utmost importance to us and the majority of people would not know what their blood pressure result is or what those numbers mean.

"We want to use this opportunity to promote the importance of knowing what your blood pressure result means and we will be providing the checks free of charge to any members of fire and police staff who want one."

It is the 10th anniversary of Know Your Numbers week this year and last year the West Midlands region was ranked as the region with the highest percentage of high blood pressure readings in the UK. A total of 39% of people in the West Midlands last year had high blood pressure readings, compared to 29% of people in South Central England. The people of the West Midlands also ranked third amongst the percentage of people in their region who did not know their blood pressure numbers, with a total of 76%. The North West came top of the ranking with 79% and Scotland came in second with 77%.

High blood pressure is diagnosed as readings consistently at or above 140/90mmHg. Optimal blood pressure readings are consistently less than 120/80mmHg.

Margaret Grahamslaw said: "These figures show that we need to take further action in the West Midlands when it comes to blood pressure, as not only do we have the highest numbers in the UK, we are also in the top three regions who are not aware about their numbers.

"We would urge everyone to get their blood pressure checked regularly, not just members of staff at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Staffordshire Police. High-blood pressure can often be controlled by simply changing your diet to a more suitable one, and we will also be offering additional advice about diet and nutrition to our staff throughout the week."