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Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

How to take a Home Blood Pressure Reading

When recording your home blood pressure, please make sure you follow the procedure below:

1. In the morning, ensure that you are rested and have taken no exercise in the last 30 minutes.
2. Then sit in a chair comfortably upright with your arm supported on a table beside you, with both feet on the ground.
3. Put the cuff on your upper arm (5cm above your elbow) resting on the table, the cuff should be roughly at the level of your heart.
4. Press the on/start button on the BP monitor and take two readings at least 1 minute apart.
5. Record the readings with your pulse rate and any comments.
6. Repeat that evening & for a total of 7 days using alternate arms.

Calculating your average blood pressure:

To calculate your average score, ignore the first day of readings (as this was when you were getting used to the monitor) and take an average of the remaining readings.
Add up all the top systolic blood pressures & divide by the number of blood pressures done, then repeat with the bottom diastolic blood pressures.

Blood Pressure Diary

If you would like like a home blood pressure diary template you can print one via this link – Blood Pressure Diary

Submit your readings to the surgery:

You can submit your readings to the surgery in the following ways:


SystmOne Online – if you have a SystmOne Login sign in to your account and click the button for ‘Records’ and then ‘Questionnaires’. Click here to log in to SystmOne Online

Via our website – you can submit your diary here – Hypertension Review Form


You can email your blood pressure diary to the surgery via the following email address – [email protected]

Post or Phone

If you would prefer not to submit your readings digitally, you can pop your readings in the surgery post box or call our team on 01273 307555 who can enter your readings for you.


The surgery may send you a link through AccurX which allows you to respond via a text questionnaire.


Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Loan Wait List

If you do not have access to a home blood pressure monitor you can call the surgery on 01273 307555 or email the surgery at [email protected] and ask to be added to our waiting list for a machine to be loaned.


Pharmacy Blood Pressure Machine

You can also have your blood pressure checked at the local pharmacy – Wells Woodingdean. Please remember to provide the Practice with the result once taken.

Further information about blood pressure from NHS UK can be found via this link.