2016 Hippocrates NHS 2nd Prize:
Chris Woods reads Blood Pressure Monitors


Chris Woods†lives in Lancashire, works part time as a GP and is finding a bit more time to write. His poetry has appeared in†Poetry Review, The British Medical Journal, The Guardian, The Independent, PN Review, The Spectator†and†The Times Literary Supplement†amongst others and been broadcast on BBC Radio and Channel Four Television. He has been a prize winner in poetry competitions and commended twice in the Hippocrates Prize. His poetry has appeared in anthologies in the UK and America. His first poetry collection,†Recovery,†is published by Enitharmon Press. His second collection,†Dangerous Driving,†is published by Comma Press.

Reflecting on why he wrote†Blood Pressure Monitors†he said: "GPs measure a lot of blood pressures. I use a†digital or†electronic monitor in surgery, an†aneroid†or mechanical monitor with a dialfor home visits and a†mercury†monitor for more complex patients such as those with heart rhythm problems. Mercury†monitors remain the reference standard for the other types. After so many BP measurements in a day and the occasional very worrying one, the monitors are almost part of you and at the end of a particularly busy evening surgery may even take on a life of their own.”

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Order the 2016 Hippocrates Prize Anthology of the 50 winning and commended entries in the†2016 Hippocrates Open International, NHS and Young Poet awards, selected by judges†Wendy French, Rafael Campo, Rev.†Gareth Powell, and Si‚n Hughes†and edited by Hippocrates Initiative co-founders Michael Hulse and Donald Singer.†


†© Hippocrates initiative 2012: hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com