Cardiovascular health

How's your heart?

Check on your wellbeing with a quick, free and painless blood pressure and atrial fibrillation check, without the need for an appointment.

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor of cardiovascular disease and cases are rising.

More than 30% of people with high blood pressure don’t know they have the condition.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular and often faster than normal heartbeat which is a risk factor for stroke. AF can often be picked up when you have your blood pressure taken.

To help improve the health of residents and identify people with these conditions who aren’t aware, the Active North Tyneside team will be offering quick, free and painless blood pressure and AF checks at various venues in North Tyneside, without the need for an appointment.

The next 'How's your heart?' events are taking place on:

  • Wednesday 6 March 2024 at the YMCA in North Shields, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday 13 March at Cullercoats Watch House, 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 19 March at Waves, 10am-1pm
  • Friday 22 March at Monkseaton Library, 10am-12pm

Exclusion criteria (such as an existing heart related medical condition or being on some medications) applies. If you are registered at any of the following GP practices you are not eligible for a health check at 'How's your heart?' events: Lane End Surgery, Mallard Medical Practice, Northumberland Park Medical Group, Stephenson Park Health Group (Forest Hall Health Centre, White Swan Surgery), Swarland Avenue Surgery, Wellspring Medical Practice, West Farm Surgery, Wideopen Medical Centre, Woodlands Park Medical Centre. If you are not eligible, you can access testing at some local pharmacies (details below).


Identifying these conditions can significantly improve your health and both high blood pressure and AF can be managed with the help of your GP.

These checks are designed to be a quick and easy way for you to check on your wellbeing without scheduling a visit to the doctor (information recorded at 'How's your heart?' events will be shared with GPs to help manage test outcomes).

Some pharmacies may be able to offer you a free blood pressure check. Below there is a list of locations where this service is available in North Tyneside (please note that eligibility criteria can apply). Some residents may also be eligible for a full NHS Health Check, which is a more detailed check to prepare you for the future and take steps to improve your health.

Blood pressure checks in North Tyneside

Pharmacies offering blood pressure checks in North Tyneside
Area Pharmacy Address Phone number
Backworth Backworth Pharmacy Unit 2, Old Co-Op Buildings, NE27 0JE 0191 268 8862
Benton Asda Benton Whitley Road, NE12 9SJr 0191 270 5710
Benton Boots 25 Station Road North, NE12 7AR 0191 266 1378
Forest Hall Forest Hall Pharmacy - Avicenna Partner 99 Station Road North, NE12 7HS 0191 266 5019
Howdon Well High Howdon Pharmacy 86 Windsor Drive, NE28 0PS 0191 262 3269
Killingworth Boots The Killingworth Centre, NE12 6HS 0191 268 3124
Longbenton Boots West Farm Avenue, NE12 8GA 0191 215 0315
Longbenton Mail My Meds Balliol Business Park, Unit 1 Karmjit House, NE12 8EW 0191 816 1310
North Shields Boots Nelson Health Centre, NE29 0DZ 0191 259 5360
North Shields Lloyd’s Pharmacy 18 Albion Road, NE29 0HT 0191 257 0039
North Shields Well North Shields Verne Road  198 Verne Road, NE29 7DR 0191 257 1029
Seaton Burn Seaton Burn Pharmacy - Avicenna Partner 36 Bridge Street, NE13 6EN 0191 236 1391
Tynemouth Boots 17 Percy Park Road, NE30 4LX 0191 257 7651
Wallsend Dennis Pharmacy - Avicenna Partner 9-13 Tynemouth Road, NE28 0AA 0191 262 3780
Wallsend Fairmans Chemists 22-24 High Street West, NE28 8HU 0191 262 3522
Wallsend Newline Pharmacy Coast Road 11 Coast Road, NE28 9HP 0191 262 3210
Wallsend Norchem Healthcare Limited Hadrian Pharmacy Addington Drive, NE28 9UY 0191 295 3303
Wallsend Well Wallsend – Crow Bank Pharmacy Crow Bank, NE28 7PG 0191 263 0044
Whitley Bay Boots Unit 15, Park View Shopping Centre, NE26 1DG 0191 252 2294
Whitley Bay Boots 154 Whitley Road, NE26 2NA 0191 253 1864
Whitley Bay Boots 9 Claremont Crescent, NE26 3HL 0191 252 3759
Whitley Bay Lloyd’s Pharmacy (in Sainsburys) Newsteads Drive, NE25 9EX 0191 253 3016
Whitley Bay Fairman Chemists  295 Whitley Road, NE26 2SN 0191 252 5146
Whitley Bay Welcome Health Pharmacy 205 Whitley Road, NE26 2SY 0191 447 4544
Whitley Bay Whitley Bay Pharmacy 116 Park View, NE26 3QL 0191 251 1057
Wideopen Wideopen Pharmacy - Avicenna Partner 42 Park View, NE13 6LH 0191 236 2017


This information is correct as of January 2023. Please be aware that eligibility criteria can apply for blood pressure checks in some pharmacies, if you do not meet the criteria there may be a small charge for this service.