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Aortic Aneurysms: Screening

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bolton South East of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on aortic aneurysm: screening, when he expects the second stage of the phased implementation of the NHS abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme to begin; and which NHS trusts will participate in that stage. (256898)

It is anticipated that the next phase of implementation will begin in autumn 2009.

At this stage no decisions have been made about which national health service trusts will take part in the next phase.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bolton South East of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on aortic aneurysm: screening, how many NHS trusts (a) applied to participate in the early implementation phase of the abdominal aortic aneurysms screening programme and (b) have applied to participate in subsequent phases of the programme. (256899)

16 national health service trusts applied to take part in the early implementation phase.

36 trusts have applied to be considered for the next phase of implementation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts (a) have a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms and (b) have ever operated such a screening programme. (256978)

In addition to the following six early implementation sites: West Sussex (Royal West Sussex NHS Trust), Leicester (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust), Gloucester (Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), South Manchester (University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust), South Devon and Exeter (South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust) and South West London (St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust), we are aware that abdominal aortic aneurysms screening has also taken place in:

Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust; and

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

However these are not part of a national coordinated screening programme at this stage.