Stroke awareness day is potential lifesaver

Nurse Jane Shaw from the Castle Medical Group tests Alison Spencer's blood pressure at the Stroke Awrareness day organised by Clitheroe Rotary Club (s)

Nurse Jane Shaw from the Castle Medical Group tests Alison Spencer's blood pressure at the Stroke Awrareness day organised by Clitheroe Rotary Club (s)

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A stroke awareness day in Clitheroe could have helped to save six lives.

For that was how many people received urgent referrals to their GPs after having their blood pressure tested at the annual event organised by Clitheroe Rotary Club.

Held at the United Reformed Church, 103 people volunteered to have a free blood pressure reading. Tests were carried out by Nurse Jane Shaw of the Castle Medical Group at Clitheroe Health Centre. Frank Brown, Chairman of the Rotary Club’s Community Committee, said: “Prevention is better than cure for heart disease and it always amazes us how many people aren’t aware of their blood pressure.”