On the hottest morning of the year the sun beat down on Lincoln Green like a Venetian Piazza as President-Elect Dr Pran Bhattacharyya offered a free blood pressure reading to the residents of Burmantofts. True, there is no St Mark’s Cathedral in Lincoln Green, but there is the St Mary’s Community Centre which Ann Nicholl kindly laid at our disposal.
He was aided by retired nurse, Anne Dufton, and perhaps eight of our members who invited in the passers-by. The purpose of the exercise is to catch any potential stroke victim at an early stage and to refer people who would benefit from regular monitoring to their GP. Of twenty-six readings taken, six individuals were advised to discuss their reading with their own doctor. “If just one person with a high reading can be picked up now and a potential stroke averted,” said Pran, “it makes the whole exercise worthwhile.”
As well as talking to many residents, members also met local Councillor Ron Grahame who was holding an open-air surgery at the same spot. We were made to feel very welcome.