Hypertension is the second-biggest risk factor for premature death and disability in England and affects more than a quarter of all adults. It is often preventable and it is estimated that improving the diagnosis of hypertension would save £120 million nationally in ten years. In Camden, data shows there are around 60,000 adults at risk of hypertension and related illness, but currently only around 24,000 patients diagnosed.
The Community Hypertension Service is a consultant-led virtual service that can advise GPs on difficult case management and triage if patients need to be seen in secondary care (see the Hypertension CICS page). There is currently no nurse-led hypertension clinic. To get in touch: e: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a need to raise awareness of the condition among patients. Blood-pressue monitors have been provided to all practices to support and monitor at-risk patients and to help patients with poor control.