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AAA Screening Programme

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Colchester Hospital



AAA Screening Programme, based at Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JL

Phone: (01206) 746283 or 746282

email: chu-ftr.5riversaaa@nhs.net

Team Contact Details:

Sohail Choksy – Programme Director

Elaine Chinery – Programme Manager

Lisa Mohan – Clinical Skills Trainer

Chantal Williams

Corinne Laverty

Anna De Dona

Abdominal aortic aneurysm  (AAA) screening

Five Rivers AAA Screening Programme – screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. We cover north east Essex and east Suffolk, and offer screening appointments in various locations incorporating Colchester, Coggeshall, Clacton, Harwich, Ipswich (including Ipswich Hospital), Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Eye, Aldeburgh, Shotley, Fressingfield, Framlingham and many others.

Who can be screened?

The NHS invites all men for screening in the year they turn 65.

What about men aged over 65?

Men aged over 65 who have not been screened before can contact the Five Rivers AAA Screening team based at Colchester Hospital.

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your 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 weak. It can then start to expand and form an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over.

What will happen when patients go for a screening?

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 the patients personal details, explain the scan and give them the chance to ask any questions.

We will ask the patient to lie down and lift up or unbutton their shirt. We will put a cool gel on their abdomen. We will then slide the scanning sensor over their skin.

The scan will show a picture of the aorta on a screen and we will measure it. We tell the patient the results straight away and also send a copy to their GP practice.

Patient information leaflet download.


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