The Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

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aaa-leafletGareth and Enfys delivered a Penarth Practice - Lightbulb Training Solutions bespoke interactive workshop on "Creating A Solution-Focused Positive Working Environment & Managing Workplace Stress" for The Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme.

There were 20 specialist nurses and team leaders at The Butetown Community Centre's Training Room (Wednesday 9th November), who received an insight into:

* How the brain works

* How the workplace can create Stress, Anxiety, Depression and what can be done about these and other issues and challenges.

* How positivity boosts us personally and professionally, improving productivity and morale

ccfeb8c89b1fc9ac2ba7c1d5feac08fb* An introduction to Neuroscience (the study of the brain), Neuroplasticity (literally how we can change the physical structure of our brain, positively or negatively) and Neuropsychoimmunology (how the brain affects the rest of our health system)

* Ways of managing Workplace Stress (engaging in positivity and solutions)

* Clinical Hypnotherapy Relaxation (a 15 minute introduction to relaxation)

About The Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

The Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme was implemented on 1 May 2013 and will offer abdominal aortic aneurysm screening to 65 year old men living in Wales.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening summary

  • The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. Sometimes the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak and stretch to form an aneurysm. When this happens there is a risk that the aorta may split or tear (rupture).
  • We will invite 65 year old men who live in Wales and who are registered with a GP practice.
  • The aim of the screening programme is to reduce the number of ruptured AAA and deaths.
  • AAA screening involves a simple ultrasound scan to measure the abdominal aorta.
  • The scan is usually painless but may be slightly uncomfortable due to pressure on the abdomen.
  • It is a free NHS screening test.
  • A person who is not in the screening age group and are concerned that that they may have an AAA or are worried about a family history of AAA; they should speak to their GP.
  • Like all medical tests, AAA screening is not 100% accurate.

Men over 65

Men over 65 who have not previously been screened by the NHS or diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can self refer directly to the Wales AAA Screening Programme.
 
If you are a man, over 65 and living in Wales and would like to be screened please contact your local screening office to ask for an appointment on:
 
  • North Wales: 01492 86 35 63
  • South East Wales: 01443 23 51 61
  • South West Wales: 01792 45 31 62 or
  • Email: aaa.screening@wales.nhs.uk with your full name, date of birth, address and contact telephone number

For more information, see www.aaascreening.wales.nhs.uk

The Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

 

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