Patient programme celebrates 65th year of NHS

Posted on Tue, 18/06/2013


Screening programme for 65 year olds celebrates 65th anniversary of the NHS

QE GATESHEAD is highlighting their screening programme for 65 year old men, as part of celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the NHS.

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, are part of the national NHS AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) screening programme (NAAASP) which aims to save hundreds of lives every year by screening 65-year-old men for the potentially fatal condition that affects the main blood vessel in the body.

As part of the celebrations, healthcare professionals in Gateshead are set to participate in a cutting edge study day ahead of counterparts in London. The national celebrations will be launched in London at the Department of Health study day on the 5th July, but the same conference with the same speakers will be happening weeks before in Gateshead.

Consultants will hear about the latest techniques and equipment and also have the opportunity to chat to patients whose lives have been saved by the screening programme. 

Professor Gerry Stansby, Vascular Surgeon and Programme Manager said: “A ruptured aneurysm is a very serious and life threatening condition which often strikes completely out of the blue in otherwise healthy people. Unfortunately only a minority of patients survive a ruptured AAA. The AAA screening programme can prevent this with a simple ultrasound scan. It is a real life- saving opportunity for men age 65.”


Who: Mr Cocks of Guisborough attended for screening in 2011 and was found to have a large aneurysm. He was referred to the Hospital of his choice, James Cook where his vascular surgeon performed successful open surgery and he made a complete recovery. He is fit and healthy, enjoys walking and is full of praise for the service he received from the original AAA Technicians who performed his scan, to the doctors and nurses who treated his potentially life threatening condition. He was obviously shocked by the results of his initial examination as he had no symptoms whatsoever but was reassured by professionals and a close relative who had recently successfully undergone a similar procedure that surgery was the sensible option. He believes that all gentlemen who are invited for screening should not hesitate to attend and is very aware that planned surgery like his, as opposed to emergency admission is vitally important for a full and healthy recovery.

When: 20th June, 11.00am

Where: QE Hospital, Trust Headquarters, Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, NE9 6SX

For more information, please contact:

Kerri James | Communications Officer | QE Gateshead
Trust Headquarters | Queen Elizabeth Hospital | Queen Elizabeth Avenue | Sheriff Hill | Gateshead |NE9 6SX
T: 0191 445 3561 | M: 079 444 91856 | E:


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