Fund Raising Update for the Blood Pressure Monitor

As many of you will know by now, we are working to raise funds to purchase a 2nd Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor for the surgery.

We have followed a number of approaches including:

  • A stall at the Crawley Down Village Fayre
  • Approaching local organisations that award grants for community initiatives
  • Contacting local community minded businesses who have kindly donated prizes for competitions at the Fayre and also made donations
  • And a number of kind people have just made some voluntary donations

To date we have raised £405 toward the cost of the machine which has a price tag of £1,198.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated individually or helped in the fundraising process. In particular thanks go to Stoneman Funeral Directors, Haskins Garden Centre and members of Crawley Down Monday Club who have been extremely generous with their support.

We have some way to go to reach the goal and we will keep you posted on progress.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor?
A: It is a Blood Pressure Monitor which is very useful in diagnosing blood pressure conditions that need more than just taking a single reading in the surgery. The machine is designed to be worn at home or through a patients normal activities for 24 hours. In this period it tests blood pressure regularly and stores the readings for your doctor to analyse. This web link provides some more information.

Q: Surely the surgery can buy this with its own resources?
A: Unfortunately not, such devices are not considered essential by the NHS. Surgeries had “equipment funds” in the past but the NHS budgets do not now allow for this.

Q: If the NHS does not consider it necessary why get one?
A: The surgery already has one and this will give the doctors the opportunity to more quickly test patients and to begin treatment sooner than would otherwise be possible.

Q: Why is the monitor so expensive?
A: This is a unit that is designed to be worn by a patient for 24 hours and through that time it repeatedly tests blood pressure and memorises the results for the doctors to be able to analyse. As you can imagine it needs to be durable and reliable to maximise the benefit to patients.

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