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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening in Northamptonshire

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening in Northamptonshire

 

Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID–19) we will temporarily pause all invitations and cancel planned screening for Northamptonshire Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening.

All best efforts will be made to contact participants who have received a timed appointment from us to let them know that the clinic has been cancelled

We will restart the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme as soon as we are able to.

Information for participants:
Screening will be reinstated as soon as possible and we will try our best to offer men screening in their 65 year.

It is extremely unlikely that a small or medium AAA will rupture, but it is important that you are aware of any symptoms of a ruptured AAA. If you have been diagnosed with an AAA and have new symptoms of severe, persistent abdominal or lower back pain (or both), you should go to an accident and emergency department immediately. Make sure you tell any medical staff that you have an AAA found through screening.

 

Contact Details:

Telephone: 01604 523276
Fax: 01604 545977

Email: AAAScreening.ngh@nhs.net

Northamptonshire AAA Screening Office
Lower Ground Floor, New Nurses Home
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Cliftonville
Northampton
NN1 5BD

 

The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Service in Northamptonshire is part of the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (NAAASP) and commenced in April 2012. 

The Northamptonshire AAA programme is screening all men during their 65th year, who are registered with a GP Practice in Northamptonshire and will:

  • Identify aneurysms that need monitoring
  • Discover aneurysms that could rupture, enabling treatment to be offered
  • Reassure men who don't have an aneurysm

Screening clinics are held during the week at GP Practices and community health clinics/ hospitals across Northamptonshire. 

Men are invited via a letter to attend an AAA screening clinic in their local area, usually their own GP Practice. All booking and invitations are co-ordinated from the Northamptonshire AAA Screening Office at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

The screening consists of a simple, painfree ultrasound scan of the abdomen and the appointment lasts for 10-15 minutes. The aorta is measured and results are given on the day, where this measurement is less than 3cm, the patient is discharged from the screening programme.  If an aneurysm is identified and the measurements are between 3.0-5.4cms (small-medium), the patient is offered regular surveillance scans either annually or 3-monthly and advice from a Vascular Nurse Specialist.

The team works closely with the Northamptonshire Vascular Service and refers on any man found to have a large aneurysm (>5.5cms). 

For more information and/or if you have turned 65, are male and have not previously been screened you can request a scan by contacting the Northamptonshire Screening Office:

01604 523276

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