Life-saving screening 'was a simple, painless scan'

Liverpool University Hospitals Michelle Cleghorn (R) and Alysha Hughes AAA Improving Screening Uptake Officers and Screening Technicians with the ultrasound scanning equipment (Image: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)


Liverpool University Hospitals life-saving test for men that’s "a simple, painless scan".

A screening aimed at men who are in their 65th year is being offered. The abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screenings will take place at clinics set up in Princes Park Health Centre.

The hospital will send men an invitation in the post with an appointment, date and time. They are encouraging men to respond to letters when they are received.

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Ex-Principal of Liverpool Community College and Toxteth community leader Wally Brown told the ECHO: "You could have a potentially serious medical condition unknown to you that often has no symptoms. There’s a lifesaving screening test that can detect if there’s an issue and if there is, it can then be monitored or treated.

"I’ve had an AAA screening. I had it done at South Liverpool Treatment Centre, it was a simple, painless scan, and I was in and out of the centre in under 30 minutes".

Wally Brown had an AAA scan which was simple and painless (Image: Wally Brown)
Wally Brown had an AAA scan which was simple and painless (Image: Wally Brown) -Credit:Wally Brown

The hospital's AAA improving screening uptake officer and screening technician Michelle Cleghorn said: "An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening in the artery walls of the aorta, that can result in a swelling which expands over time and can potentially rupture. The aorta is the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and stomach.

"Men aged 65 and over are most at risk of AAAs, and screening can detect a swelling in the aorta at an earlier stage and provide the relevant treatment. Currently there is a low uptake in screening in the L8 area".

Throughout July, they will be holding screening clinics at Princes Park Health Centre on the following dates; Thursday July 18 (1.30pm – 4pm) and Thursday July 25 (1.30pm – 4pm). Letters will be sent out if wanting to be booked in on these dates or at any other location and men are encouraged to call 0151 706 4767 or email: AAAScreeningProgram@liverpoolft.nhs.uk to arrange an appointment.

Liverpool University Hospitals Michelle Cleghorn (R) and Alysha Hughes AAA Improving Screening Uptake Officers and Screening Technicians with the ultrasound scanning equipment (Image: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
Liverpool University Hospitals Michelle Cleghorn (R) and Alysha Hughes AAA Improving Screening Uptake Officers and Screening Technicians with the ultrasound scanning equipment (Image: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) -Credit:Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Michelle added: "You can also drop into the centre during these times and the team are available to discuss any queries or concerns you might have regarding the test. There are usually no symptoms to an AAA so you would not know if you had one".

Wally continued: "I’m appealing to all men aged 65, particularly those from the L8 area. For your own peace of mind, and of course your family, I strongly advise you to attend your appointment that will be sent to you in the post".

Around one in 70 men have an AAA, and having the screening test could save your life. The screening clinics are held Monday to Saturday across Cheshire and Merseyside and if you miss an appointment please get in touch and they will be happy to rearrange it.

The scan itself is a quick ultrasound scan of the abdomen and will last around 10 - 15 minutes. Following the scan you will receive results advising that; no follow up is required, you need a scan every 12 or three months or you will be referred to a specialist to discuss treatment options.

For information call 0151 706 4767 or email: AAAScreeningProgram@liverpoolft.nhs.uk

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