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AAA Screening

The NHS Central England Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme, hosted by the vascular department at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, provides screening to men aged 65+ within Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, South East Staffordshire and East Staffordshire.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of detecting swelling of the aorta – the main blood vessel that runs from the heart through to the abdomen and to the rest of the body.

This type of swelling is more common in men aged over 65 than it is in women and younger men, so men are invited for screening in the year they turn 65. Men who have not received screening over the age of 65 can contact the programme to request a scan.

Men are approximately six times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than women. The risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm can also increase if:

  • you smoke
  • you have high blood pressure
  • a brother, sister or parent has, or has had, an abdominal aortic aneurysm

Kimberley Kavanagh, AAA screening co-ordinator at Heartlands Hospital, said: “If you have an aneurysm you will not usually notice any symptoms. This means you cannot tell if you have one, you will not feel any pain and will probably not notice anything different.

“We offer screening so we can find aneurysms or swelling early and monitor or treat them. This greatly reduces the chance of the aneurysm causing serious problems.”

So what happens at a screening? Kimberley explains: “We use a simple ultrasound scan, similar to that offered to pregnant women. This is very quick and usually lasts less than 10 minutes.

“At the clinic we will check your personal details, explain the scan and give you the chance to ask any questions.

“We will ask you to lie down and then run a small ultrasound scanner on your abdomen. We will put a cool gel on your abdomen and then slide the scanning sensor over your skin. The scan will show a picture of the aorta on a screen and we will measure it.

“We will reveal your results straight away and also send a copy to your GP practice.

“If your abdominal aorta is normal, you won’t ever be invited for another screening.

“If you have a small to medium-sized aneurysm, you’ll be invited back for regular scans to check its size.

“If you have a large AAA, you’ll be referred to hospital to be seen by a vascular surgeon within two weeks. You will then be advised about treatment.”

For further information or to arrange an appointment please call 0121 424 3612/ 0121 424 1200 or email

Clinic locations

The AAA screening programme is available in the following locations.

Clinic Area Postcode
Hockley Medical Practice Hockley B1
Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Clodeshall Road, Saltley B8
Sparkhill Primary Care Centre Sparkhill B11
Greenridge Surgery Billesley B13
All Saints Medical Centre Kings Heath B14
Summerfield Primary Care Centre Winson Green B18
Finch Road Primary Care Centre Lozells B19
Handsworth Wood Medical Centre Handsworth Wood B20
Stockland Green Health Centre Erdington B23
The Dove Primary Care Centre Perry Common B23
The Swan Medical Centre Yardley B25
Selly Oak Health Centre Selly Oak B29
Broad Meadow Health Centre Kings Norton B30
Woodgate Valley Health Centre Woodgate Valley B32
Richmond Primary Care Centre Bordesley Green/Stechford B33
Castle Vale Primary Care Centre Castle Vale B35
Hodge Hill Primary Care Centre Hodge Hill B36
Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre Chelmsley Wood B37
West Heath Primary Care Centre West Heath B38
Perry Park Surgery Perry Barr B42
Tower Hill Partnership for health Perry Barr B42
The Oaks Medical Centre Great Barr B44
Smethwick Medical Centre Smethwick B66
Oldbury Health Centre Oldbury B69
Dartmouth Medical Centre West Bromwich B70
The Lyng Centre for Health West Bromwich B70
Sutton Cottage Hospital Sutton Coldfield B72
Sir Robert Peel Hospital Tamworth B78
Tanworth Lane Surgery Shirley, Solihull B90
Monkspath Surgery Shirley, Solihull B90
Hobs Moat Surgery Solihull B92
Balsall Common Health Centre Balsall Common CV7
Winshill Medical Centre Burton on Trent DE15
Yoxall Health Centre Yoxall DE13
Glebefields Health Centre Tipton DY4
Black Country Family Practice, Neptune Tipton DY4
Northgate Surgery Uttoxeter ST14
Samuel Johnson Hospital Lichfield WS13

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