PLC | Sustainability

Healthier communities

We want to use our place at the heart of communities across the UK to support customers to live healthier lives. With stores across the UK, and with 373 pharmacies serving half a million people a week, there’s clearly a big role we can play in providing expert healthcare support and advice.


Cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are among the most common health conditions in the UK. But many of these could be prevented or delayed.

1 million +

Every year in the UK, over a million people are diagnosed with cancer, heart & circulatory diseases or diabetes

4 in 10

Around 4 in 10 cases of cancer are preventable

5 in 10

Up to half of all type 2 diabetes cases in the UK are preventable

Know your risk

Type 2 diabetes affects around 3.7 million people. Historically associated with older people, cases are increasing and rising faster in the under 40’s. In partnership with Diabetes UK, we’re encouraging a million people to better understand their individual risk, ahead of World Diabetes Day 2023, by taking an online risk assessment or visiting our in-store pharmacies. Click the link below or watch the video to find out more.

“Far more people could be taking advantage of the information and support available to them from their Tesco pharmacy whilst they do their weekly shop. This includes tips and information on stopping smoking, and weight management services.”

Dr Helen George, Head of Health Community Engagement at Cancer Research UK

Healthier communities in numbers


Cancer, diabetes and heart & circulatory diseases account for more than half of all deaths in the UK


More than 230 Let’s talk pharmacies now available to customers


Around 1,000 Let’s talk pharmacists and pharmacy colleagues on hand to help

Let’s talk

Our ‘Let’s talk’ pharmacists and pharmacy team members have been trained by Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK to provide information and support for customers to help lower the risk of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, and type 2 diabetes.

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Tesco and British Heart Foundation Lifesavers Programme

There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK, but less than one in 10 people survive. Immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chances of survival in some cases – yet over a third of adults have never undertaken any form of CPR training. That's why we were pleased to be the first retailer to roll out the RevivR tool to all our 300,000 UK colleagues in Feb 22, encouraging them to learn CPR and help the BHF create a nation of lifesavers. More recently we promoted RevivR on our till receipts and to our grocery home shopping customers.

“RevivR is a really easy way to learn a lifesaving skill – all you need is your mobile phone and a firm cushion. In just 15 minutes you learn how to recognise a cardiac arrest, with personalised feedback to build confidence in CPR and using a defibrillator. The support Tesco has given RevivR has been invaluable and will help save lives.”

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation