Free blood pressure checks

Why do I need a blood pressure check?

A blood pressure test checks if your blood pressure is healthy, or if it's high or low.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, if it's not treated.

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is not usually a problem, although it can cause dizziness and fainting in some people.

You may have received an SMS text or email from your GP practice inviting you to submit your blood pressure reading via a link.  Please scroll down for free blood check locations in your community. If you haven’t received a text, you can still obtain a free blood pressure check.

If your GP practice has asked you to submit a reading and you have a home blood pressure monitor, please use this to obtain your blood pressure reading and submit your readings using the link included in your SMS text or email from your GP practice.

If you need help completing and submitting the reading, please ask a member of the team at any of our community locations. If you are unable to access the link, please contact your GP practice to report your readings.

If you don't have a home blood pressure monitor, these community locations are offering free blood pressure checks.

Community pharmacy

Some pharmacies offer free blood pressure checks, check your nearest participating pharmacy by selecting your area on our interactive map. We advise checking the opening times before visiting. You should not need an appointment.

Hypertension Heroes

Hypertension Heroes is a community initiative to help you get your blood pressure checked. Volunteers are working across Kent and Medway to offer free blood pressure checks in places that are familiar to you.

No appointment is needed, just walk-in. You can find Hypertension Heroes at the following locations.

Open Door Project, 101 High Street, Hythe, CT21 5JH, Monday from 1.30 to 3pm 

Folkestone Nepalese Community Centre, Baker Road, Folkestone, CT19 4NN, Tuesday from 10am to 12pm

Age UK, Sanford House, Stade Street, Hythe, CT21 6BD, Wednesday from 10.30am to 12pm. 

St George's Church, Church Street, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ, Tuesday from 10am to 12pm.

Adult Education Building, Victoria Centre, Darnley Road, Gravesend, DA11 0RX, Wednesday from 1.30 to 4pm.

Windmill House, First Floor, 129/130 Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1BL, Friday from 11am to 2pm. 

St. Augustine’s Church, Rock Avenue, Gillingham, ME7 5PW, Wednesday from 9 to 11am

St Marks Church, Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5JA, Thursday from 1 to 2.30pm

Fusion Healthy Living Centre, Units 2 - 3 Cobb Way, Maidstone, ME15 9XF, Monday from 1 to 3pm. 

Christ Church, 46 Wallis Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 9LB, Thursday from 1.30 to 4pm. 

How hypertension heroes
can help you measure your blood pressure
How to become a hypertension hero

Find out why you need an NHS Health Check and where you can get a check at a temporary clinic on the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust website

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