AAA screening programme rated positive by 100% of clients
22 March 2019
The abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme – run by Southend University Hospital since 2013 – has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from men whose lives have potentially been saved or extended by the service.
The AAA team carried out the survey between October 2018 and
January 2019 and 100% of clients rated their screening appointment
as being a positive experience overall and would recommend the
service to other eligible men.
Other comments included: 'staff polite and knowledgeable',
'useful and informative', 'efficient, friendly and satisfying',
'very worthwhile' and 'the service was perfect, everything
completed and advised professionally'.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge or swelling in the
abdominal section of the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs
from the heart down through the chest and tummy and AAAs account
for a total of 6,000 deaths in England and Wales every year.
The NHS AAA screening programme (NAAASP) is offered to all men
during the year in which they turn 65 years of age and this service
is delivered across Essex by Southend University Hospital's
AAA Screening Programme.
Dr Matthew Tam, Lead Ultrasound Clinician, Essex NAAASP,
Consultant Interventional Radiologist and Clinical Lead, said: "The
team can be very proud that those screened report such high
levels of satisfaction with the Essex-wide programme.
Aneurysm screening is really important as early identification
and treatment of aortic aneurysms means that death from ruptured
aneurysms is decreased significantly."
This programme operates from 20 tactically positioned locations
across Essex and the majority are GP surgeries and community
Dario Gibelli, AAA Screening Programme Manager, added: "To
appreciate the importance of our service, you just have to look at
the survival rates of men who have been screened - mortality rates
following AAA rupture are much higher compared with 30‐day
mortality rates for elective surgical repair of non‐ruptured
The AAA screening programme team at Southend have been inviting
men in their 65th year since 2013 to be routinely scanned for an
AAA. For any men who turned 65 prior to 2013 and have not
received screening they can self refer by calling 01702 385559
ensuring they quote their NHS number.