BMI Sutton Medical Centre, part of BMI Priory and Edgbaston Hospitals, is helping to keep the local community in top condition by educating people on how to be healthier and raising awareness of the importance of regular medical check-ups especially for the diagnosis of heart problems.
Heart disease is the country’s biggest killer; diseases of the heart and circulatory system account for almost 200,000 deaths every year, with 1 in 5 men and 1 in 7 women dying from heart disease in Britain.
To support the expansion of the BMI Sutton Medical Centre, nursing teams from the Priory and Edgbaston Hospitals were on hand at Gracechurch Shopping Centre to provide shoppers with free blood pressure checks and advise them on the simple steps that they can take to help cut the risk of heart disease.
A total of 150 people took advantage of the free checks on the day, with five per cent of people tested advised to see their GP immediately due to dangerously high results. Four hundred shoppers also received goody bags containing helpful health information, details of the full range of services at BMI Sutton Medical Centre and heart-shaped squeezy stress balls.
Keith Cunningham, Executive Director at BMI Priory and Edgbaston Hospitals and Sutton Medical Centre said: “As the UK’s largest private provider of health services, BMI is committed to ensuring that people receive the best possible care and health outcomes.
“Our local education campaign is designed to raise awareness of the simple changes that people in Sutton Coldfield can make on a daily basis to improve their health and help lower the risk of heart disease. With heart and circulatory diseases accounting for 250 deaths everyday in the UK, it’s important that people who have a family history of heart disease or are concerned about their health visit their GP for a blood pressure and cholesterol check."