Screening Programmes

Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Screening (AAA)

The NHS invites men for AAA screening during the year they turn 65. If you are over 65 and have not been screened previously, you can arrange a screening appointment by contacting your local programme directly.

Screening involves an ultrasound scan that takes around 10 minutes.

NHS Choices – Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast screening (mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts which can show small changes in the breast before there are any other signs or symptoms.

All women aged between 50 and 70 are automatically invited for breast screening every three years. Women are invited via their doctors’ practices in turn so they will not necessarily get their invitation in the year that they turn 50.

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Prostate Cancer Screening

There is no organised screening programme for prostate cancer but an informed choice programme, Prostate Cancer Risk Management has been introduced. If you are worried about a specific problem or otherwise worried about the risks of cancer, then you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

Gov.uk – Prostate cancer risk management programme

Bowel Cancer Screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. This age range is currently being extended to 60 to 74. People in the invitation age range are automatically sent an invitation, then their screening kit, so they can do the test at home.

After your first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 69 (74 in areas where age extension has already started). If you are over the invitation age range, you can ask for a screening kit every two years by calling 0800 707 6060.

Gov.uk – Bowel Cancer Screening programme

Cervical Smears

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. You will receive an invitation to attend from the Health Authority.

Cervical smear tests are carried out by the Practice Nurses at our surgeries. The best time to have the test done is in the middle of your cycle. Call the surgery appointments line and ask to book an appointment for a smear test with the nurse.  The results of your test will be sent to you by post.

NHS Choices – Cervical screening