Blood pressure checks will be offered at this year’s Westmorland County Show as local nurses encourage visitors and the farming community to ‘Know Your Numbers!’ 

The Integrated Care Communities team, who cover GP practices across the whole of South Cumbria, will be at the show on September 7/8.

They have delivered more than 200 checks at agricultural shows throughout the summer, giving health advice to the public and signposting to further services for those who may need them. 

The visit coincides with Know Your Numbers! Week 2022 (5-11 September), a national drive to reach those with high blood pressure and offer treatment and support to bring it under control. 

Karen Roberts, case manager for the programme, said: “We know that people from the farming community lead busy lives with a lot of challenges and little or no time off. When they do access healthcare it tends to be in an emergency.  

“Most of our blood pressure team live within the farming community so we felt the agricultural shows represented a great opportunity to reach a lot of people who simply would not have time to come and visit us in a health setting. 

“We have been at shows all over the region throughout the summer. Westmorland is the biggest and we’re hoping to see as many people as possible over the two days. The show organisers have been very supportive and located us close to where the farmers are showing their livestock, so it is easy for them and visitors to come and get their blood pressure checked.”

Christine Knipe, chief executive for Westmorland County Show, said: “We are keen to do all we can to help our community stay as fit and healthy as possible. Farming is a hugely rewarding business, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding and time off is a rarity. We hope this will help make people more aware of how to manage their blood pressure.”