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AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)

Coronavirus (Covid -19)

As we enter the next phase of our recovery plan we have now recommenced our screening service.  However, we have made some changes to enable you to attend your appointment safely.

This includes: 

  • More time between appointments, to ensure extra cleaning procedures are completed

  • Social distancing measures within clinics, so unless you need assisstance, you will need to attend your appointment alone

  • Face coverings are required unless you are excempt for medical reasons. If you don't have your own mask we can provide one

  • Hand sanitisers are available

Please do not attend if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • A new continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly

  • Loss or change to your sense of taste or smell

To re-arrange your appointment please contact the screening service on: 0191 445 8747


AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.

In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above.

Men over 65 who have not previously been diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local screening service directly on: 0191 445 8747

AAA screening is a free NHS national screening programme that invites men aged 65 plus to attend an appointment to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.

The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA Screening Service is hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. This service covers; North Yorkshire to Berwick and North Cumbria localities.

The Lancashire  and South Cumbria AAA Screening Service is also hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. This service covers; West Lancashire to South Cumbria localities.

Download a leaflet with more information on the AAA screening process or download accessible AAA screening process leaflets

You can also view our video

The AAA screening team is made up of a multi disciplinary team including:

Clinical Director: Vascular consultant responsible for the screening programme.

Consultant Radiologist: Consultant specialising in the use of medical imaging for vascular conditions.

Screening Manager: The senior manager responsible for the leadership and monitoring of service quality for the AAA, Bowel and Breast screening programmes.

Programme Lead/CST: The senior ultrasound practitioner responsible for the daily management of the team, operation of the screening service, oversees quality and provides staff training.

Nurse Practitioners: Support men who have been given a diagnosis of AAA, through nurse assessment clinics and provides healthcare advice.

Screening Technician: This is the person who performs the ultrasound scan.

Administration Co-ordinator: Assists the Programme Lead with the operation of the screening service by ensuring invitations to eligible men are sent within national guidelines.

Administration staff: The admin team book/change appointments and deal with enquiries.

Health Improvement Practitioners: Responsible for promoting the service, improving uptake and helping to reduce inequalities.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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