NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme


Free NHS AAA Scan for gents 65+

Telephone 01788 663428 have your NHS number ready please

 or email: AAAScreeningProgramme@uhcw.nhs.uk


The Screening Process

  1. Men are automatically invited for screening in the year they turn 65
  2. Men who are older then 65, and who have not previously been screened or treated for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, can opt in through self-referral direct to the screening programme
  3. Men receive an invitation leaflet with an appointment time three weeks in advance
  4. If the man accepts the invitation, an ultrasound scan of the abdomen is carried out and the aortic diameter measured
  5. Results are provided verbally immediately after the scan and in the post shortly afterwards
  • The main risk factors are age and being male; 95% of ruptured AAA occur in men over 65
  • AAA risk is increased by smoking, high blood pressure or through close family history
  • The condition is six times more common in men than women