Mini poll shows that over 50% of respondents would use a Community Pharmacy to test and manage their blood pressure.

In a recent mini poll undertaken by Direct Data Analysis, 52% of respondents stated that they would use a Community Pharmacy to test and manage their blood pressure. 

In the poll, 27% of respondents stated they wound not use a Community Pharmacy for the service, whilst 21% did not know if they would use a Community Pharmacy to test and manage their blood pressure.  
Over recent years, Community Pharmacies have been given the opportunity to provide a range of diagnostic and management services to assist patients and save the need for a visit to their GP.  However, previous work has shown that a number of people are still unaware that they can use a Community Pharmacy to discuss and manage certain conditions without the need for a visit to their GP. Additionally, previous work has shown that a number of people have concerns over privacy issues around discussing their condition in their local Community Pharmacy. 

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information supplied herein, Direct Data Analysis Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Unless otherwise indicated, opinions expressed herein are those of the author of the page and do not necessarily represent the views of the NHS.

Data Security


Have you ever stopped to think what might hapen if your computer was stolen, or it's data accessed by unauthorised persons?

The Information Commissioner's Office website provides some useful tips, as follows:

• For a good source of advice in plain English on security go to the government and business sponsored website

• For computer security:

• Install a firewall and virus checking on your computers.

• Consider upgrading your operating system

• Protect your computer by downloading the latest patches or security updates, which should cover vulnerabilities

• Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords

• Encrypt any personal information held electronically if it will cause damage or distress if it is lost or stolen

• Take regular back ups of the information on your computer system and keep them in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information

• Don’t dispose of old computers until all the personal information on them has been securely removed (by using technology or destroying the hard disk)

• Consider installing anti-spyware. This protects against software that can be secretly installed on your computers. It can monitor use, look for private information or even give someone else control of your computer.    


Do not open an attachment unless you trust the source.

■ Do you know the person who is sending you this file? If not, don’t open it. E-mail addresses can be “spoofed” – the “from” address can be faked.

■ Once the message is open does the content match the sender? If not, send it back and ask for clarification. 

■ Does it make sense that they are sending it to you? If not, send it back and ask for clarification.

■ Microsoft NEVER sends operating system patches as e-mail attachments. They will ask you to visit the Microsoft Web site to download any software. 
Sending Personal Information

E-mail is not secure. Think of it as sending a postcard written in pencil. As the card is delivered it makes numerous stops and can be altered or read by various people. Personal information should never be sent via e-mail – ssn, credit card, name, phone, address, and date of birth in combination. Don’t send anything you wouldn’t want on a billboard.


“Phishing is a scam where the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking e-mails appearing to come from some of the Web's biggest sites, including eBay, PayPal, MSN, Yahoo, BestBuy, and America Online, in an effort to phish (pronounced "fish") for personal and financial information from the recipient.”

Examples would be a message from your bank that asks you to update your account information. You click on the link, the legitimate bank site opens, then a page opens up on top asking you for your account info. This info page DOES NOT belong to the legitimate site. If you fill out your personal information and submit it, the info will go to the “phisher” to be sold or used to steal your identity.