Another golf club receives free life saving AAA scans

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham August 10, 2015 11:35

Hickleton Golf Club in Yorkshire has become at least the second golf club in the UK this year to receive free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screenings for its members.

AAA screening teams have been approaching golf clubs this year to offer their services. They provide simple ultrasound scans which can detect if an AAA, which occurs when the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body, weakens and expands, has appeared.

If untreated, AAAs can lead to a rupture of the aorta, which creates a serious risk of death due to internal bleeding. Around 3,000 people – mostly old age male pensioners – die every year from ruptured AAAs.

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Team attended Hickleton Golf Club to screen the club’s senior members, aged 65 and above.

Twenty three men were screened. One, Frank Tarmey, said: “I’m so glad the AAA team held the screening event at Hickleton Golf Club, I had the scan and it was quick and easy, no trouble at all.

“I feel it’s my duty to have the screening done so that I can be around for my family. I would encourage all men aged over 65 to contact the screening team and get booked in; it only takes a matter of minutes.”

Helen McAlinney, AAA screening programme coordinator for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw said: “The AAA screening team would like to thank Hickleton Golf Club for allowing us to bring our ‘Health Bus’ to the golf club and screen their senior members.

“I would also like to thank Jeff Roden, president of the golf club and administration manager Joanne Naylor for organising the day with a fantastic 23 members screened, all of which were aneurysm free. Jeff has set a great example and we hope other golf clubs follow in his footsteps and help protect the lives of their members.”

Earlier this year Retford Golf Club in Nottinghamshire had 25 of its male members screened, and an AAA was picked up on one of them.

The screening team detected member David Moore’s aneurysm in its early stages and he was 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.”

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham August 10, 2015 11:35
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