Screening

You’re in NHS Health Scotland’s screening programmes home page. Find out about screening programmes in Scotland and access information and resources for health professionals and the general public.

NHS Health Scotland works closely with NHS National Services Division and NHS Health Board Screening Co-ordinators to support professionals and the public with resources promoting informed consent within the national screening programmes.

Screening programmes in Scotland

Bowel Screening
In Scotland men and women aged between 50 and 74 are routinely invited to take part in bowel screening every two years. Our pages provide resources and information including a DVD which includes an animated chapter on ´Doing the Test´. Further information on the programme can be found by visiting www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk (external link)

Breast Screening
Women aged between 50 and 70 years old are invited for screening every three years. Our pages provide information and resources including an illustrated booklet for women with learning difficulties and their carers. Further information on the screening programme can be found by visiting the
Scottish Breast Screening Programme (external link) web page.

Cervical Screening
In Scotland, women aged between 20 and 60 years of age are routinely offered screening every three years. Our pages provide information and resources including illustrated booklets for women with learning difficulties and their carers. Further information on the screening programme can be found by visiting the
Scottish Cervical Screening Programme (external link) web page.

Pregnancy & Newborn Screening
Pregnant women and newborn babies are offered a range of screening tests during pregnancy and in the first few weeks of life. Our pages provide information and resources to support health professionals and women in informed decision-making about whether to take up the offer of screening. Further information on the national programmes can be found by visiting the Scottish Pregnancy (external link) and Newborn Screening programmes (external link) web pages.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
From June 2012 men across Scotland in their 65th year will be invited to take part in a new screening programme. The aim is to reduce the number of deaths related to this condition among men in Scotland. A Chief Executive’s Letter ´Scottish Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme´ (CEL 11 2010) (external link) was issued in March 2010 which outlines plans for the implementation of the programme.

Reviewed 09 May 2011