NHS Screening Programmes

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

There is a national programme to screen men. An invitation is sent to all men in their 65th year.

Any man aged 65 and older is entitled to be screened, if they have not previously been screened. If you wish to have this simple ultrasound examination, you can self-refer by telephone to 01784 884 859.

More information is on the website:  www.aaa.screening.nhs.uk/screening

Breast Screening

There is a national programme to screen women. An invitation is sent to all women over the age of 50 every 3 years up to their 71st birthday (older women can self-refer).  More information is available on this this website: www.nhs.uk/breastcancerscreening

Bowel Cancer Screening

Offered to men and women aged 60 to 74 every 2 years. 

In some areas of the country people aged 55 are also invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test. Those aged 75 or over can also request screening.  Please call the Freephone number below for further information.

Eligible patients that have missed their bowel cancer screening and no longer have their kit can request a new one from the Bowel Programme Hub on: Freephone - 0800 7076060


Cervical Screening

Offered to women aged from 25 to 49 every 3 years and women aged 50 to 64 every 5 years.


Diabetic Eye Screening

Offered annually to people with diabetes aged 12 and over.


Diabetic Eye Screening: Important Notice about Diabetic Eye Screening

The National Diabetic Eye Screening Team have recently issued guidance to restart screening for all in a phased approach. Our Restoration Plan has been agreed with the local NHS England and NHS Improvement Commissioners and we are very pleased and eager to start screening once again.

We will invite people to screening appointments in the following order:

Invite over next few weeks and months – those who are pregnant, under digital surveillance, newly diagnosed, had background retinopathy at last appointment (R1M0) or Did Not Attend their last appointment.

Next Year – Those who at their last appointment had no retinopathy or maculopathy (R0M0) are at much lower risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Should you notice any severe changes to your sight in the meantime, please telephone your local Hospital Eye Department or A&E.

The Bookings Team will be in touch to rearrange all other appointments once screening resumes.

Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us HIOWEngagementTeam@health-intelligence.com

Newborn Screening

  • Newborn hearing and blood spot (for 9 rare conditions
  • Physical examination (for problems withy eyes, hearts, hips and testes within 3 days of birth and again at 6 to 8 weeks of age


Screening in Pregnancy

  • Sickle cell and thalassaemia (ideally by 10 weeks)
  • Infectious diseases (HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis
  • Down's syndrome, Edwards' syndrome and Patau's syndrome
  • 11 physical conditions in the baby (20 week scan)
  • Diabetic retinopathy (for women with diabetes)