North East of England Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme
AAA stands for 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 what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above.
AAA screening is a free national screening programme that screens men aged 65 plus to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.Men over 65 who have not previously been diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly.
The North East of England AAA screening programme is run from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. Our centre covers the area from North Yorkshire to Berwick.
Click here for more information from the QE Hospital!
The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women living in Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Durham and Chester-le-Street aged 47 and over.
Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast – a mammogram – which is taken while carefully compressing the breast.
There is a variety of information available in different formats designed to assist in answering questions about breast screening here!
NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
The NHS offer regular bowel cancer screening for all people over the age of 60 if they are registered with a GP.
About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year.
Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16 per cent.
There is a variety of information available in different formats designed to assist in answering questions about bowel cancer screening. Click here!
Watch a step-by-step guide to using your bowel cancer screening test
Cervical Cancer Screening
The programme aims to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer (incidence) and the number of women who die from it (mortality). It does this by regularly screening all women at risk so that conditions which might otherwise develop into invasive cancer can be identified and treated. You will receive your first invitation at 25 years old.
There is a variety of information available in different formats designed to assist in answering questions about cervical screening here!
Watch the video below to see what to expect when you go for a Cervical Smear test
Free NHS Health Checks
The NHS are offering free Health Checks for those people aged between 40 and 74.
The check is designed to assess your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. These conditions are the number one cause of premature death in the North East and people are often unaware that they’ve developed a problem until it’s too late.
The check is designed to assess your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes.
These conditions are the number one cause of premature death in the North East and people are often unaware that they’ve developed a problem until it’s too late.
The check is available from your GP surgery and selected pharmacies across the South of Tyne and Wear area. It’s quick and easy, and if we do find a problem, you’ll get plenty of personalised help and advice on simple lifestyles changes that can make a huge difference.
The check is based on questions and measurements such as age, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol.
For more information or to book your Free NHS Health Check click here!
Change for Life
Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life.
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Health Promotion in South Tyneside
In South Tyneside there will be campaign briefings at the monthly HealthNet forum which is hosted by Blissability. Meetings are held on the first Friday of every month, 10-12 at St Judes Parish Hall, St Judes Terrace, NE33 5PN.
To register with the HealthNet forum please contact Nick Roberts on 0191 4271666 firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about Public Health Campaign Briefings, resources and literature in South Tyneside please contact Sam Start (South Tyneside) at email@example.com
Health Promotion in Sunderland
Looking for promotional materials for campaigns? Check out the Useful Recourses section here!
Public Health Wellbeing Campaign Group
In Sunderland there is a city wide Public Health Wellbeing Campaign Group which meet up on the second Thursday every month, please click here for Terms of Reference of the group.
If you would like to become involved please contact Jackie Nixon Promoting Health Engagement Lead on 0191 5615604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HealthNet offer a platform for individuals and the voluntary and community sector within Sunderland to debate, influence and shape local health and wellbeing services to achieve better outcomes
HealthNet Sunderland Aim to:
- Raise awareness of issues relating to health, social care and wellbeing across Sunderland
- Provide a platform for health, social care and wellbeing related networking
- Provide opportunities to take part in discussions relating to health, social care and wellbeing
- Offer a two way flow of information between the voluntary & community sector and statutory organisations
- Share information relating to health, social care and wellbeing
Facilitated by Voluntary & Community Action Sunderland (VCAS) and supported by
Healthwatch Sunderland. HealthNet meet Thursdays 10:00am – 12:00 noon, every four weeks.
To register with HealthNet Sunderland contact Leigh Ann Thomson on 0191 5651566 or email email@example.com