AAA Screening Programme

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AAA Screening Programme


We are part of the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA) Programme and our administration is based in the vascular department at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. Our catchment area is Somerset and North Devon. We are early in the national roll-out of this programme but are working closely with our neighbouring active programmes.

All men will be automatically called for screening in the year they turn 65 and men over this age can self refer to the programme. Screening is particularly recommended for men who have ever smoked, have diabetes or have high blood pressure or a family history of aneurysms.

The screen consists of a simple pain free ultrasound and the result is immediate. We aim to screen men near to their homes and currently are screening in about 100 sites across the region, including drop-in centres, GP practices and hospitals.

If you would like more information please contact us on:-

01823 344567 or via email:

Please note screening will not take place on Bank Holidays.



Annual report

To read the 2016/17 North Devon and Somerset AAA Screening annual report, click here.

Patient Feedback - March 2017 
100% of patients (definitely 91.6%/probably 8.4%) would recommend the service to their friends and family.

Comments from patients:-
"The information explained clearly the reasons to have the scan and I felt proud that our NHS could offer such a service."

"Very quick and efficient scan with clear advice, very impressive."

"Efficient, punctual and excellent communication."

"Excellent, friendly staff."



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