Patients who have their BP measured regularly will receive text messages inviting them to record their results and enter into the Automated System for review.
First Message for Patients – Advice on what is happening
Dear <firstname> <surname>, we are contacting you as you previously had raised blood pressure and we now need an up-to-date reading. Within the next few months you will receive another message, please reply with a week’s worth of readings as prompted. If you don’t yet own a BP monitor to take readings, this link gives information about how you can purchase one https://tinyurl.com/bdd8twj7
Second Message will be sent via with a Template inviting patients to record and submit their BP reading for 7 days – twice a day
I’d like to monitor your blood pressure over one week. The link below is for our blood pressure home monitoring questionnaire. This will allow you to submit a blood pressure reading in the morning (around 9am) and in the evening (around 6pm). You will need to do this for 7 days. (Patients can use the same link to access the template each day)
Important Information – FAQs
|I don’t have a BP machine||Please click on the link to view approved available monitors to purchase. Prices start at £19.99. https://tinyurl.com/bdd8twj7|
|I am having difficultly loading my results or I don’t have access to the internet. Can I bring my results to the Surgery?||Yes, We do not take reading over the phone, we can accept via email or delivered to the surgery on paper|
Benefits of Owning a BP Machine and monitoring your Blood Pressure Regularly.
Having high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke and also your risk of serious illness from Covid-19. As many as 5 million adults in the UK have undiagnosed high blood pressure, so won’t be receiving effective treatment. The only way to know if you have it is to measure it. Checking your blood pressure at home with your own monitor is quick and easy and saves you having to make an appointment with your GP surgery to get your Blood Pressure checked
The following links may also be helpful to give further insight into BP@HOME, MHP will be putting up a page on the Website – so you can direct patients to the page.
a) Benefits of remote monitoring for blood pressure – UCLP and NHSX – YouTube Video of BP@HOME overview
b) How to measure your blood pressure at home – YouTube Video of How to measure BP at home
c) Blood pressure monitors: All you need to know (bhf.org.uk) British Heart Foundation information for Patients about home monitoring
d) Blood Pressure Monitors | BIHS Approved | British Heart Foundation (bhf.org.uk) List of Monitors Patients see by following link in text
e) Manage your blood pressure at home – British Heart Foundation (bhf.org.uk) – This page may also be useful, although it still references COVID19 as the reason for home monitoring, where actually this is now part of the NHS National plan for supporting remote monitoring and reducing CVD risk for populations ( NHS England » NHS @home and NHS England » Home blood pressure monitoring )