Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

The Regional Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening programme reduces premature deaths from ruptured AAAs by up to 50%. A simple, pain-free ultrasound scan of the abdomen is used to identify otherwise apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of an AAA.

An AAA is a swelling of the main artery in the body as it passes through the abdomen. They are more common in men aged 65 and older – the programme’s target demographic. Other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or having a close relative who has had an AAA. Aneurysms usually cause no symptoms - most people with an AAA will not know they have one.

All men in Northern Ireland are sent an invitation for screening during the year they turn 65. Men over 65 can self-refer by contacting the programme office on 028 9615 1212.  

How to access the Service

All men in Northern Ireland are invited for screening in the year they turn 65 to check if they have an AAA.

Men who are over 65 and have not been screened can ask for an appointment by contacting the screening programme office 028 9063 1828. Women and men under 65 are not invited for screening.

If you feel you have an increased risk of having an AAA, talk to your GP who can still refer you for a scan.

For further information:

Contact: NI AAA Screening Programme Office
1st Floor, King Edward Building
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast
BT12 6BA

Phone: 028 9615 1212

Location of service

AAA screening is available from the following locations within the Belfast Trust:

  • Arches Wellbeing and Treatment Centre
  • Beech Hall Wellbeing and Treatment Centre
  • Bradbury Wellbeing and Treatment Centre
  • Grove Wellbeing and Treatment Centre

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