NHS Screening Programmes

AAA Screening

The NHS abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme is available for all men aged 65and over in England.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there’s a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the mail blood vessel that runs from you heart down through your tummy.

What happens during AAA screening

Screening for AAA involves a quick and painless ultrasound scan of your tummy. This is similar to the scan pregnant women have to check on their baby.

For the scan:

  • you lie down on a table and lift or unbutton your top (you do not need to undress)
  • the technician rubs a clear gel on your tummy and moves a small handheld scanner over your skin – pictures from the scanner are shown on a monitor and the technician will measure how wide your aorta is
  • the technician tells you the result straight away

The whole test usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

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Bowel Screening

Bowel cancer screening is offered every 2 years to men and women aged 60 to 74.

Bowel cancer screening involves having tests to check if you have or are at risk of bowel cancer.

All men and women aged 60 to 74 who are registered with a GP in England are automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years.

How to use the kit

  • You will receive a screening kit in the post.
  • With this kit, you collect 1 sample of poo in a small plastic sample bottle and post it back to a laboratory for testing.
  • There are instructions with the kit. You can also read the kit instructions online.

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Breast Screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme offers screening every 3 years to all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel.

What happens during breast screening

Breast screening involves having an X-ray (mammogram) at a special clinic or mobile breast screening unit. This is done by a female health practitioner.

Your breasts will be X-rayed one at a time. The breast is placed on the X-ray machine and gently but firmly compressed with a clear plate. Two X-rays are taken of each breast at different angles.

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Cervical Screening

NHS cervical screening programme is available to women aged 25 to 64 in England. Womenaged 25 to 49 receive invitations every 3 years. Women aged 50 to 64 receive invitations every 5 years.

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix.

What happens during cervical screening

  • You'll need to undress, behind a screen, from the waist down. You'll be given a sheet to put over you.
  • The nurse will ask you to lie back on a bed, usually with your legs bent, feet together and knees apart. Sometimes you may need to change position during the test.
  • They'll gently put a smooth, tube-shaped tool (a speculum) into your vagina. A small amount of lubricant should be used.
  • The nurse will open the speculum so they can see your cervix.
  • Using a soft brush, they'll take a small sample of cells from your cervix.
  • The nurse will close and remove the speculum and leave you to get dressed.

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Please view attached leaflets:

Cervical Screening Helping You Decide

Easy Read Guide to Cervical Screening

Diabetic eye Screening

The NHS diabetic eye screening (DES) programme is offered annually to men and women with diabetes from the age of 12.

Diabetic eye screening is a test to check for eye problems caused by diabetes.

What happens during the test

  • You'll be asked to read some letters on a chart first.
  • Drops are then put in your eyes. These may sting for a few seconds. The drops make your sight blurry after about 15 minutes.
  • When the drops start working, you'll be asked to look into a camera. The camera will not touch your eyes.
  • Pictures are taken of the back of your eyes. There will be a bright flash when a picture is taken.
  • Your appointment will usually last about 30 minutes.

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