AAA patient at QE Hospital meets lifesavers

Posted on Thu, 20/06/2013

QE GATESHEAD today welcomed a patient back to the hospital to meet his lifesavers.

66-year-old, Mr Cocks from Guisborough, was invited to an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) study day, to meet the screening staff and consultants that saved his life when he was diagnosed with an AAA at a routine screening. He had also been invited to chat to other consultants attending the study day, so they could hear the AAA experience from a patient’s point of view.

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, is 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. Gateshead have also recently won the contract to provide AAA screening in Cumbria as well as the North East making it the largest AAA screening programme in the whole of the NHS.

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 over the age of 65.”

Since 2010, all men in the North East (and now Cumbria) are invited to be screened during the year they turn 65. However anybody that is over 67 may have just missed out on a letter so we would urge them to get in touch on 0191 445 3726. Any man over the age of 65 can self refer to be screened.

For more information you can visit www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/aaa or call Kerri James on 0191 445 356.

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