Bloor Homes donates money for new blood pressure magazine

A GP Surgery’s bid to buy an automatic blood pressure machine for patients has been boosted by a £500 donation from Bloor Homes.

24/08/2016 - General

A GP Surgery’s bid to buy an automatic blood pressure machine for patients has been boosted by a £500 donation from Bloor Homes. The Patient Participation Group (PPG) at the Loddon Vale Practice in Woodley is aiming to raise £2,500 to purchase the machine, and the contribution from Bloor has brought them closer to reaching their target.

Bloor’s Bakers Place development on Loddon Vale Road is located just half a mile away from the practice, and it is expected that many of the new residents will register as patients.

The PPG has raised money to buy various items of equipment to improve patient care over the years and has identified the blood pressure machine as its latest priority.
The machine will enable patients to check their own blood pressure in the waiting room without having to make an appointment.

As well as easing the pressure on medical staff, it is hoped the new machine will help combat ‘white coat syndrome’.

So called because of the white coats traditionally worn by doctors, white coat syndrome is the phenomenon by which a person’s blood pressure is higher when taken in a medical setting than when taken at home.

Jackie Trick, Chair of the Loddon Vale PPG, said: “Following discussions with patients and staff at the practice, it was decided that the purchase of an automatic blood pressure machine would be a very welcome addition to the practice.

“We hope the new machine will not only improve the experience for patients by providing a more relaxed environment in which to test their blood pressure, but also free up our doctors and nurses and allow them to spend more time treating patients.

“We are extremely grateful to Bloor Homes for their generous donation which has gone a long way towards meeting our fundraising target and we hope to be in a position to purchase the machine in the very near future.”

Kim Willcock, Regional Sales Director for Bloor Homes Southern, said: “We are always keen to support the local communities close to our developments so we were only too happy to help the Loddon Vale Patient Participation Group with their fundraising appeal.

“We hope the new blood pressure machine will prove to be a major benefit to patients, some of whom I am sure will be residents at our Bakers Place development.”