Blood Pressure UK 2018

The University of Sunderland Offers FREE Blood Pressure Testing for Staff as Part of Know Your Numbers! Week 2018


Staff are being urged to get their blood pressure tested for FREE as part of Know Your Numbers! Week –the UK’sbiggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ including University of Sunderland around the country from 10-16 September 2018.


Volunteers hosting the Pressure Station will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. We are therefore urging all employees to get their blood pressure checked.


This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess salt intake, is leading more young people to develop hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke, especially when they don’t know their blood pressure numbers.


With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – with 6.5 million[1] people still remaining undiagnosed.


Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not enough exercise.


Susan Wynn Occupational Health Manager, University of Sunderland says: “As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. What are you waiting for?”


Hemini Bharadia, Know Your Numbers Week! Campaign Manager says: “High blood pressure does not discriminate on age or gender – people are dying unnecessarily because they fail to take such simple steps to reduce their blood pressure. Know Your Numbers Week! is the perfect opportunity to have your blood pressure taken for free and put you in control of your health.”


University of Sunderland is offering free blood pressure checks at:

City Campus Tuesday 11th of September and St Peters Campus Thursday 13th September to book an appointment contact;

Joan Harrison OH&HSE Administrator on ext. 2548 or email


For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, go to: 


[1] Using the 16 million figure from PHE for England this has been extrapolated to give a figure of 19 million for the UK.

This page was published on 3 May 2019