Blood Pressure

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

The best way to monitor your blood pressure is with a home monitor. Blood pressure varies from day to day and throughout the day. This means that it is better to take the average of a series of home blood pressure readings than taking a single reading in the surgery.

We recommend home blood pressure monitoring for anyone who needs to regularly monitor their blood pressure. This includes anyone with a diagnosis of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Diabetes, Stroke or TIA, heart disease, and Chronic Kidney Disease.

You can buy a good monitor for around £25 from a pharmacy or online. Before you buy, check that your monitor is on the list of officially validated monitors. You can find this list at

Blood pressure check in the surgery

If you cannot use a home monitor, book an appointment with a Nurse or HCA form if you need to arrange a blood pressure check.

We have an automatic blood pressure machine in the reception area at Cringleford Surgery

If you have taken a single blood pressure measurement yourself

If you have access to a blood pressure monitor and we have asked you for a single blood pressure reading, for example for a Pill Check, please ask reception.

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Form

If you would prefer to not submit your blood pressure reading electronically you can download a form here.

Blood Pressure Review

Read This First

Before taking your blood pressure, please read the official guidance on how to measure your blood pressure correctly at BIHSOC: Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Explained

Record your blood pressure for 7 days in a row. On each day, record your blood pressure in the morning and in the evening. Morning means between 06:00 and noon and Evening means between 18:00 and midnight. On each occasion take at least 2 readings, leaving at least a minute between each. If the first two readings are very different, take 2 or 3 further readings.

You don’t need to record your heart rate more than once, unless you have been asked to.

You may find the BIHSOC: Home Blood Pressure Diary helpful for writing down your blood pressures as you go. Then use this form for sending your readings to us.