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A doctor believes a series of health checks run in Doncaster town centre this month could have saved several lives.

NHS nurses carried out 560 blood pressure checks at Clock Corner over several days as part of a scheme run by the Rotary Club of Doncaster St Leger, to raise awareness of the danger of suffering a stroke.

Nurse Sarah Marten, former GP Lis Rodgers, and David Gould, of Doncaster St Leger Rotary Club, who have been testing blood pressure in Doncaster town centre.

Nurse Sarah Marten, former GP Lis Rodgers, and David Gould, of Doncaster St Leger Rotary Club, who have been testing blood pressure in Doncaster town centre.

And 215 of those who were tested were referred to their family doctors because of concerns about their results.

Many were aged under 60.

Dr Lis Rodgers, who was carrying out tests for the NHS at the site as part of a national campaign, said: “Of those who were tested, 215 had to go for an urgent appointment.

“Most of those who were checked didn’t know they had high blood pressure. This has potentially saved someone’s life. If they hadn’t gone and got it checked a heart attack or stroke would have been virtually guaranteed.”

High blood pressure is linked to strokes and heart attacks.