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LOCHCARRON MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP

FERGUSON MEDICAL CENTRE

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

We are wishing to express our support for the Scottish Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme. 

Men aged 65 are invited to attend.

If you have been invited to attend AAA screening and were unable to attend, as a practice, we would encourage you to consider contacting the local AAA screening office to make an appointment.  You can do this by calling the screening centre on: 01463 704067.

If you have had Aneurysm Screening previously you will not be asked to attend, you only have the scan once.

The aorta is the main artery that supplies blood to your body.  It runs from your heart down through your chest and stomach.

As we get older, the wall of the aorta in your stomach can become weak and balloon out.  This is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA.

The aim of AAA screening is to find aneurysms (bulges in blood vessels) early and monitor or treat them.  AAA screening doesn’t look for other health conditions.

Treating an AAA early greatly reduces the chance of it rupturing and causing serious problems.

Men are 6 times more likely to have this type of aneurysm than women, which is why all men aged 65 are invited to attend AAA screening.

However, if you prefer to speak to someone at this practice in confidence, please feel free to contact us.

If you would like more information about AAA screening you can find it online at www.nhsinform.scot.

Bird Watch While You Wait!

We have recently introduced a new bird table outside the waiting room.  We are keeping a record of bird sightings and we would welcome your participation. Binoculars and bird identification guides are available for your use.

Happy Bird Watching

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