Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Our GPs may ask you to record your blood pressure (BP) at home, either to aid with diagnosis, or as part of longer term monitoring.
Should you be asked to monitor your blood pressure at home, please follow these instructions, and complete and return the montioring chart which available to download at the bottom of this page.
- Always use the same arm for readings. Ideally use the same arm as for BP measurements the in the Surgery or clinic.
- Rest for 5 minutes before taking BP reading.
- Sit when taking BP reading, in a quiet place, with your arm resting on a firm surface and feet flat on the floor.
- Support your arm so that the BP monitor cuff is at the same level as your heart.
- Keep still and silent when a reading is being taken.
- Take 2 readings, each about 2 minutes apart, and then work out the average.
- Record the reading accurately by writing it down on the home monitoring sheet provided.
- Unexpected one off high readings can occur. If this happens, measure your BP again at another time.
- If your BP is consistently higher than your target level, return to your practice Nurse/Doctor.
To aid diagnosis you should monitor your BP for at least 1 week with measurement both in the morning and the evening. Disregard your first day’s readings as this may be inaccurate because of anxiety.
If long term monitoring, take a reading every 2-3 days or so for one week every month, once BP is stable. Take the readings at the same time every day.
Blood Pressure Monitoring and Covid-19
In an effort to limit the number of patients attending the surgery, and reduce the spread of Coronavirus we have had to make some changes to our blood pressure monitoring service.
We are asking patients to consider purchasing their own BP machine, and taking a week’s readings at home to avoid a visit to the surgery. These which are available online or at local pharmacies for approximately £20-30. The British & Irish Hypertension society has produced a list of validated BP monitors.
This will help our GPs review your medication now, before we resume the in-house service, as well as be convenient for you in the future and is therefore something we would like to invite you to consider.