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Screening programmes

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body.

As some people get older the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The condition is most common in men over the age of 65 and often has no symptoms. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. If they rupture they cause massive internal bleeding which is usually fatal. Read more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms on NHS Choice website: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (opens new window).

Cancer screening

Cancer screening programmes aim to prevent or detect cancer at a very early stage when the chance of a cure is highest. For this reason, all eligible people invited to screenings are encouraged to take part in the programmes.

There are three cancer screening programmes delivered by the NHS

  • the NHS Breast Screening Programme
  • the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
  • the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

The Public Health team in Wiltshire works to improve awareness of these national screening programmes by promoting the importance of going to screenings and by providing advice and guidance to the general public and practice staff.


Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. When food is digested and enters the bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy so we can work, play and generally live our lives.

If you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly.

Diabetes can result in blindness, amputation, kidney failure and heart disease, and other conditions. Early diagnosis and good control of diabetes is essential to reduce the chances of developing complications and to improve people's chances of living a long and healthy life.

For more information on diabetes, including self assessment tests, an online clinic and details of services in your area, visit the NHS: Diabetes (opens new window).

The NHS Health Check

Free check in England for adults between the ages of 40 and 74 who do not already have one of these conditions or do not have certain risk factors.
To assess your risk of:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • certain types of dementia

For further information visit NHS Health Check (opens new window).

Contact us

Public Health
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

Phone: 0300 003 4566
Email: (opens new window)

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