Blood Pressure Check

Patients under 80

Before you take your blood pressure reading:

  • Sit down comfortably for 5 minutes. You should not have had recent caffeine or exercise.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Make sure your arm is around the same level as your heart.
  • Make sure your arm is relaxed.

When taking your blood pressure:

  • Put the cuff on following the instructions which came with your blood pressure monitor.
  • Keep still and silent.
  • You can see a video with instructions at this link.

Other tips:

  • Take at least three readings, each two minutes apart.
  • Your first reading may be much higher than the next readings. If this is the case, keep taking readings until they level out.
  • Use the lowest reading on the form below.


Please seek urgent medical attention if you develop any of the following:

  • A blood pressure of 170/115 or above (where either number is too high, despite repeating it at least 2 times)
  • Chest pain
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion
  • Severe headache

If you are pregnant and have a blood pressure of >140/90 you should see urgent medical attention.



Your Blood Pressure is over target. Instead of submitting this reading please undertake 5 days of home readings.  You can borrow a machine from the surgery or use one you may have available at home.

You can find a home readings form here. Return to this website to then submit your home readings.

Your Blood Pressure looks great.

If you have had a text message requesting a reading then please follow the link on that message to submit your result. This is the most efficient process for the surgery as the result will go straight through to your record.

Alternatively, you can submit your reading using the form below.

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