On the 1st of November, Meadowhall is to play host to the final mobile screening session for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) a condition found predominantly in men.
This will be the second and final time that the mobile screenings will be held at the South Yorkshire shopping centre, which saw dozens of male shoppers board the bus for the free health screening for AAA which often goes undetected.
The simple ultrasound scan offered by the service is the only way to see if you have the condition or not, the symptomless swelling of the aorta – the body’s main blood vessel – which left unchecked can be fatal.
The event was particularly significant for one man who boarded the bus and discovered that he was unknowingly suffering with a medium-sized AAA. The man who is said to have been particularly grateful for the opportunity will now be regularly monitored so his condition doesn’t become a serious risk.
Helen McAlinney, Programme Coordinator for AAA Screening in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said we can’t thank Meadowhall enough; “The day was a huge success, as this gentleman had no idea anything was wrong before he had the scan.”
The programme also saw many people ask questions about AAA and had many more men book onto the next screening.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director said that the shopping centre is keen to raise awareness, particularly AAA due to its nature. “We’re encouraging men from all over the region to come down and take advantage of the screenings of which only last a few moments, but have the potential to save lives.“
The mobile bus will be located in the Orange zone 1 car park for drop in sessions between 9:30am and 4:30pm. It is recommended that men book in advance for the screening by calling 01709 321189, However, drop in sessions are available on the day.