Welcome to NIAAASP
2015 Service User Event
The NI AAA Screening Programme recently held its third Service User Event for individuals who have benefitted from attending for AAA screening. As in previous years, the annual workshop was well attended by both service users and programme staff.
Fifty attendees enjoyed updates on programme performance and developments from key members of the programme staff. Mr Peter Bullick, one of the programme’s three service user/patient representatives, also gave a very well received talk on his experience of being diagnosed and treated for a large aneurysm, detected through the screening programme. Participants also heard about the progress that had been made on suggested areas for improvement from the 2014 Service User Event.
In addition, men who had attended for screening, and their companions, were given the opportunity to feed-back on their own experience of the programme – both individually and via small group discussions – to members of the programme team.
What to expect when you go for your AAA screening appointment
Mr Paul Blair, a consultant vascular surgeon, talks about the Northern Ireland Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme. He explains what you can expect when you go for your screening appointment and how the screening programme can save lives.
John McElkearney explains how glad he is that he went for AAA screening, after a small aneurysm was detected, and how reassured he is with his follow-up care. John says, given his positive experience, he would recommend anyone who has received an invitation to go for screening.
Herbert McMullan from Downpatrick (pictured above with Roisin Monan, Assistant NI AAA Screening Programme Manager) says he would have no hesitation in advising other men to attend Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening.
Herbert, who is retired, says he had no worries about his health when he received the letter from the NI AAA Screening Programme inviting him for screening.
Herbert continues: “Last May, I received a letter to attend screening at Downe Hospital. I felt well and had no reason to worry and I didn’t even know what an abdominal aortic aneurysm was or that I might maybe have one, but I went along.”