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IPU joins with Operation Transformation to offer FREE blood pressure measurements in pharmacies

750 pharmacies taking part nationwide as programme focuses on Stroke & Heart Attack

26 January 2017: As part of the Operation Transformation ‘Live Longer, Live Better’ campaign, the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is delighted to reveal that hundreds of pharmacies around the country will be offering free blood pressure measurements to the public for the next week as the programme focuses on Stroke and Heart Attack.

Almost 750 pharmacies are taking part and will provide blood pressure measurement services and healthcare advice to patients from Thursday 26 January – Thursday 2 February. All participating pharmacies will be identified by an Operation Transformation poster in their outlet.

This is the third year that pharmacies have partnered with Operation Transformation to offer the public support in achieving a healthy lifestyle and weight.

Pharmacist Daragh Connolly, President of the IPU, said, “As the most accessible part of the healthcare system, pharmacists are delighted once again to partner with Operation Transformation to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage members of the public to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Blood pressure is an important indicator and simple monitoring can play a key role in identifying serious healthcare issues. With the focus on strokes and heart attacks on the show this week, I encourage everyone to visit their nearest participating pharmacy over the next week to talk to their pharmacist and have their blood pressure checked.”

The list of participating pharmacies is available on the RTÉ Operation Transformation website, ot.rte.ie/news/heart-attack-stroke .

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For further information, contact: Jim Curran, IPU Director of Communications & Strategy, 086 264 0469.