Welcome to NIAAASP
Service user event 2015
The AAA Screening Programme will host its third annual service user event on Thursday, 30 April. The event will take place from 9.30-1pm in Knockbracken Hall, Knockbracken Healthcare Park. The main aims of the event are to:
· bring together men screen-detected with an AAA since April 2014 (along with their wives/partners) to share their experience of the programme with other service users and the programme team.
· receive feedback from all participants at the event as to how the screening service may be further developed and improved.
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.”