The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw held a clinic aboard a health bus in Osgathorpe Park to check men for the life-threatening condition.

The screening is delivered in over 30 locations across the locality, including the Health Bus, enabling men to be screened within their community and will be told straight away about the results.

It is estimated that around 1 in 25 men aged between 65 and 74 in England have AAA.

Ian Hartshorne, from Sheffield, hopped on board the health bus and described his experience of the screening: “The screening is simple, an easy process and the team were friendly. If an aneurysm is detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a good chance of recovery.”

The screening process involves a pain-free ultrasound scan of the abdomen that can detect if there is a swelling in the aorta, which is the main blood vessel that runs from the heart, and then proceeds to scan down through the abdomen to the rest of the body.

Babatunde Fakolade, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AAA Screening Programme Manager, said: “This simple ultrasound scan of the abdomen only takes a few minutes and can save lives.  Men are given the results there and then. If no aneurysm is found, they are discharged from the screening programme and do not need to be screened again.”

The screening is delivered in over 30 locations across the locality, including the Health Bus, enabling men to be screened within their community.

There are usually no visible symptoms for AAA’s.

“Men over 65 who have not yet been screened and do not have a known AAA can self-refer to the programme. As there are no signs and symptoms of the condition, it’s crucial that men aged 65 and over, take advantage of this free service,” Mr Fakolade said.

Those who were found to have a small or medium aneurysm will be kept in the programme for on-going monitoring, while those shown to have a large aneurysm will be referred to the specialist team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals or Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals.

Contacting the team on 01709 649100 if you wish to get a free screening.