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 the Scottish Bowel Screening website.

Breast screening

Women aged between 50 and 70 years old are invited for screening every three years. Our pages provide information and resources for women who are invited to screening, and health professionals who are supporting women and answering questions they may have about the Scottish Breast Screening Programe.

Further information on the Scottish Breast Screening Programme can be found by visiting the Scottish Breast Screening Programme web page

Reviewed May 2014

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 web page.

Pregnancy and 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 and Newborn screening programme web pages. 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Men across Scotland in their 65th year are invited to be screened for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aim is to reduce the number of deaths related to this condition among men in Scotland. Our pages provide information and resources to support health professionals and men in informed decision-making about whether to take up the offer of screening. 

Diabetic Retinopathy (DRS) screening

Everyone with diabetes over the age of 12 are invited annuallyto have their eyes screened for Diabetic retinopathy which can cause sight loss if left untreated. Our pages provide information and resources including illustrated booklets for people with learning difficulties and their carers. Further information on the national screening programme can be found by visiting the DRS advise page on the National Services Division website

Updated 29 July 2014