Golf clubs encouraged to have AAA screenings

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham April 22, 2015 13:06

All golf clubs are being encouraged to offer Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening clinics after a Nottinghamshire venue provided one for 25 members, and one was found to have the condition.


The Bassetlaw AAA Screening Team screened 25 male members at Retford Golf Club earlier this year. They performed a simple ultrasound scan which picked up a small AAA on one of the 25, David Moore.

An AAA occurs when the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body weakens and expands. The condition, if untreated, can lead to a rupture of the aorta, which creates a serious risk of death due to internal bleeding. Around 3,000 people die every year from ruptured AAAs.

The screening team detected David’s aneurysm in its early stages and he has now been entered into a 12-monthly surveillance programme to keep an eye on the condition.

“I’m so glad the AAA team held the screening event at Retford Golf Club, I had the scan and it was no trouble at all,” he said.

“It picked up a small aneurysm which I had no idea I had got! I visited the nurse the following week, she explained everything and put me at ease; and I can go for my appointments at Retford Hospital so it’s not far to go at all.

“I would recommend all men aged 65 and over to go for a scan, why wouldn’t you? It could save your life.”

Eric Basford, president of Retford Gold Club, was also screened on the day and said:

“Thank you to the screening team for coming to Retford Golf Club and making the whole process so convenient for our members. The procedure was quick and painless; I was in and out in five minutes. I’ve been given the all clear which has given me peace of mind; I can get straight back on the golf course! I would recommend other golf clubs to get involved with AAA screening for the benefit of their members aged 65 and above.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham April 22, 2015 13:06
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  1. Bob Braban April 22, 21:39

    I understand this is particularly important if you have a family history that includes this genetic problem. My father died after suffering a sudden attack of AAA. I went for the screening and am now a lot happier having been told ” B & Q sell hose pipes made of thinner stuff” Set up the screening if it is possible. It’s something that clubs can do for their older members that strengthens the community ethos.

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