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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme


Derbyshire AAA Screening Programme
Office 5, Ward 207
Royal Derby Hospital,Uttoxeter Road, Derby
DE22 3NE
Tel: 01332 783485
Email: dhft.AAAscreening@nhs.net        


The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme was implemented throughout England between 2009 and 2013 after research showed that offering men ultrasound screening in their 65th year should reduce the rate of premature death from ruptured AAA by up to 50%.

AAA Screening is a simple painless ultrasound test which the NHS offers free of charge to all men in the year they turn 65. It is estimated that around one in 70 men aged 65 has an AAA.

Risk factors

The main risk factors are age and being male. Two out of every three deaths from ruptured AAA in England and Wales occur in men who are over 65.

The condition is six times more common in men that women.

Risk is increased by smoking, high blood pressure or through close family history

You can find out more information about the NHS AAA Screening programme at:


How to use the service

Appointment letters will automatically be sent to those men aged 65, asking them to attend a local screening clinic in Derbyshire

Any man who is 66 years and over can have this test by ringing up our office on 01332 783485 and asking for an appointment. We will need to fill out a self-referral form which contains your details. Please have your NHS number available (10 digit number: i.e. 450 557 7104)

Alternatively please print off the self-referral form (see below) and fill it in. Then you can either post it back to us at the above address or save a copy onto your PC and email the attached form to us using this email address: dhft.AAAscreening@nhs.net

Please see the attached list of our current screening locations around Derbyshire.


Referral form

Screening locations

Other Information

The test will only be 10-15 minutes long. At the clinic we will check your personal details, explain the scan and give you a chance to ask any questions. You will be asked by the Screening Technician to verbally consent to the test before we begin.

We will then ask you to lie down and lift up your shirt to give us access to your abdomen. We will then move a small probe over the skin of your abdomen.

We will tell you your result straight away and also send a copy of your result to the GP.

Please let us know if you have had, or are currently undergoing, treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm as you may not need to be screened.