AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)

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.

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.

Men over 65 who have not previously been diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 0191 445 2554

The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA screening programme is run from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. This programme covers  North Yorkshire to Berwick and North Cumbria.localities.

The Lancashire  and South Cumbria AAA Screening Programme is run from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. This programme West Lancashire to South Cumbria.localities.

Click here for a leaflet with more information on the AAA screening process or here for 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, Breast and Bowel 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 serviceby the ensuring invitations to eligible subjects are sent within national guidelines
Administration staff
The admin team deal with appointments
Health Improvement Practitioners
Responsible for promoting the programme, 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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