Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme

What is the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme?

The Sussex AAA Screening Programme is part of a national programme run by the NHS that offers free AAA screening to gentlemen aged 65 who are registered with a GP in Sussex. There is a cohort of approximately 9,500 men who will be offered an appointment during the financial year that they turn 65.

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

The aorta is the main blood vessel in the 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 weakened. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over.

Who is at risk?

Men are approximately six times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than women. The chance of having an aneurysm increases with age. The risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm can also increase if you are a smoker, you have hypertension (high blood pressure), your parent or sibling has, or has been treated for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

What does the Trust provide?

We provide a community based service and our team do ultrasound measurements of the aorta. The procedure in non invasive, harmless and quick and results are given at the clinic and GPs are notified of the outcome by letter. Appointments can easily be rearranged by contacting the screening office.

Please see our Frequently asked Questions section for more information.

Coverage

Brighton, Chichester, East Sussex, Hove, West Sussex

How To Access

Men in their 65th year are routinely contacted by the screening programme and offered an appointment. The screening programme is provided with details of men registered at GP practices in the area, and selection is based on date of birth. Older men who have not been screened before and who are registered with a GP in Sussex can self refer by contacting the screening programme office (telephone, letter or email). A mutually convenient appointment at one of the community based clinics can then be arranged.

Contact Details

AAA Screening Office
Durrington Health Centre
Durrington Lane
Worthing
West Sussex
BN13 2RX

Tel: 01903 843834
Email SC-TR.sxaaascreening@nhs.net

Out of hours service: You can leave a phone message phone out of hours service on this answerphone number 01903 843834. We will contact you on the next working day.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm

How to find us

We hold clinics in several different locations across the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Generally, we invite patients to the screening venue closest to your registered GP surgery. However, this may not always be closest to your home address or your place of work.

See map below for a complete list of screening locations.



Directions and a map to each community screening clinic are sent out with every appointment, giving clear instructions of where the clinic is located, parking arrangements and where to go in the building.

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