NHS Providing Blood Pressure Devices for Home Checks

Vanessa Sibbald

November 04, 2021

Patients in England diagnosed with uncontrolled high blood pressure are now able to monitor their blood pressure at home thanks to the NHS. Blood pressure devices are being sent to more than 220,000 people as part of the NHS England's Long Term Plan, which is estimated to prevent 2200 heart attacks and almost 3300 strokes over the next 5 years.

The NHS has already delivered more than 65,000 units, which are similar to those used in GP practices. Patients send the reading to their GP to review by telephone, email, or through a digital remote monitoring platform.

"By using these monitors, and reporting the readings to local teams, patients are able to quickly and easily update GP teams with a regular snapshot of their blood pressure health,” said Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and national medical director of primary care for the NHS. “These simple checks will help us to save lives."

The devices will also make it easier for those who find it difficult to travel or do not have access to regular monitoring. The project will be funded by NHSX, a joint unit of NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care, founded in 2019 and aimed at developing best practice for NHS technology, digital, and data.

"The pandemic has shown patients want to be more involved and active in their own health, and home remote monitoring for blood pressure or other conditions is good for patients and good for the NHS," said Lisa Hollins, director of innovation at NHSX.

The initiative is part of the NHS Long Term Plan, which hopes to prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes, and dementia cases over the next 10 years.
 

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