A new health monitor has been installed in reception area of Malmesbury Primary Care Centre thanks to a donation from Malmesbury League of Friends.

The monitor, which can be used by any patient without a booked appointment, provides an instant measure of their height, weight, body mass index and blood pressure. The results are recorded into the patient’s records immediately, allowing the GP to review them during any subsequent consultation.

The results are especially important for those patients who need frequent health checks, have long-term health conditions and for routine checks.

Practice manager Charlotte Gorman said: “ The health monitor is helping us support patients whose BMI is high. The results are also valuable for anyone attending our recently launched Wellbeing Group.”

League chairman David Hide said: “ We were delighted to purchase this important equipment, which can have real benefits for patients.”