Screening

Welcome to 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.

All of our public information resources are available in Urdu, Chinese and Polish, and in an Easy Read format. NHS Health Scotland is happy to consider requests for other languages and formats. Please contact the alternative formats mailbox by email (nhs.healthscotland-alternativeformats@nhs.net). 

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 breast screening in Scotland can be found on the NHS Inform Screening pages. 

Reviewed Nov 14

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 for women who are invited to screening and health professionals who are supporting women and answering questions they may have about the Scottish Cervical Screening Programe.

Further information on the cervical screening in Scotland can be found on the NHS inform Screening pages.

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 Pregnancy and Newborn screening in Scotland can be found on the NHS inform screening 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. 

Further information on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening in Scotland can be found on the NHS inform screening pages.

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 Diabetic Retinopathy screening in Scotland can be found on the NHS inform screening pages.

Updated Nov 2014