"Abdominal aortic aneurysm and anything short of immediate action can result fatally"
About: Bassetlaw Hospital / General surgery Bassetlaw Hospital General surgery S81 0BD Doncaster Royal Infirmary / General surgery Doncaster Royal Infirmary General surgery DN2 5LT Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Wakefield WF2 0XQ
Posted by IC (as ),
Although I applaud any initiative to combat the killer that is AAA and anybody over the age of 65 are to be monitored, lets spare a thought for those (like myself) who are liable to suffer similarly at an earlier age. In my case 61. The net should be widened to facilitate all those of 60+ so a greater number of lives can be saved.
Another point is, unless policy has altered, that on contacting 999 the report of abdominal pain is not regarded as an 'emergency' and it took almost 2 hours to respond. You'll find that the clue is that AAA means abdominal aortic aneurysm and anything short of immediate action can result in a fatality. In my case I had 5 hours in surgery with 13 pints of blood being administered. I regard that as an emergency. My final comment regards the fact that Bassetlaw Hospital does not seem to have the facilities to deal with AAA and the paramedics had to make the decision whether to risk travel to either Sheffield or Doncaster. Luckily the choice was Doncaster Royal which has one of the best cardio-vascular response units in the country. Even so, my survival is regarded as somewhat amazing and the care I received afterwards was outstanding and I have already sent a message of thanks to all concerned.