Screening programme detects aneurysm at local tea dance

Victor Fairhead, at the Parklands Social Club in Doncaster

Victor Fairhead, at the Parklands Social Club in Doncaster

Victor Fairhead, aged 71 was one of 13 men to take up AAA screening at Parklands Social Club in Doncaster where men aged 65+ were invited to be screened during their weekly tea dance.

Victor decided to request an appointment after seeing his fellow dances attend theirs and it was lucky he did as his screening resulted in a small aneurysm being detected which will now be monitored every 12 months.

Victor said: “I did not know about AAA screening and what an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm was until there was a talk about the condition and we were offered screening appointments for a clinic. A number of my friends were going to appointments and I decided to get screened too as it wouldn’t do any harm.

“I had absolutely no symptoms of anything at all so I am glad I took up the opportunity, otherwise I wouldn’t be aware that I had a small aneurysm. I really hope other men aged 65 and over will do what I did and take the opportunity to get screened when they are offered it.”