Screening is a way of finding if people are at higher risk of a health problem, so that early treatment can be offered, or information given to help them make informed decisions. 

All NHS trusts offers a range of screening tests free of charge to groups of people. The aim is to offer screening to the people who are most likely to benefit from it.  Some are offered to newborn babies while others like breast screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are only offered to older people.

The public health team monitor the local screening programmes and seek assurance that they are being offered in a way that meets local health needs.

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