Using the Blood Pressure Machine

The use of the Blood Pressure machine is only for Putneymead registered paitents.


During some checks, the Surgery Pod will ask you to use the Blood Pressure Machine. It’s the large white device next to the Surgery Pod, with a hole for you to put your arm through. It’s called an Arm-In Blood Pressure Machine. 

The Surgery Pod will have on screen instructions for how to use the Arm-In BP, but we’ll explain it here as well. When the Surgery Pod asks you to put your arm through the machine, put it in all the way up to the shoulder. You should be sitting comfortably. The Surgery Pod is good because you don’t have to be in the doctor’s office while your blood pressure is being measured, so if a visit to the doctor makes you nervous now is a chance to measure your blood pressure while you’re undisturbed and relaxed. It also saves time in the consultation.

After that screen shows how to place your arm in the blood pressure device, there is a screen with blank boxes and ‘Systolic’, ‘Diastolic’, and ‘Pulse rate’ next to them. This is when you should use the blood pressure device. Press the green button on the top of the machine to begin. The cuff inside will close around your arm and tighten, it might be a bit of a squeeze but don’t worry: it has to be quite tight to get the measurement right. As it tightens you should see the numbers on the screen rise, and then once it’s stopped tightening the numbers will go down at then eventually it should stop, and it will show your Systolic and Diastolic blood pressure, and your pulse rate. And you’ll notice, they’ve automatically appeared on the Surgery Pod screen. And you’ve measured your Blood Pressure using the Surgery Pod. Once you’ve finished using the Pod, the results can be accessed immediately by your GP.