Kingston Uni students give shoppers blood pressure tests
By adam_leone | Monday, December 24, 2012, 09:31
Pharmacy students from Kingston University showed they had their fingers on the pulse when they offered free blood pressure tests to passers-by recentlY.
Using automatic blood pressure machines, they took readings from 120 people, to mark the Society of Biology's first Biology Week.
The students, who are studying for a four-year Master of Pharmacy degree, were able to offer advice on how diet, exercise and lifestyle could help maintain a healthy blood pressure level.
David Kolosic, 21, a third year pharmacy student who is originally from the city of Maribor in Slovenia, said he and his course mates had got a lot out of the session. "As future health care professionals it's important that we take part in health promotion and screening events where we get to meet the general public and help educate them about problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes."
Readings were offered to anyone going through the reception of the University's Penrhyn Road campus.
Organiser Dr Mark Carew, a senior lecturer in physiology and pharmacology, said the event helped the students put their training into practice.