The Circulation Foundation
The Circulation Foundation is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to providing support and information to people who are affected by diseases of the veins and arteries, including abdominal aortic aneurysms. The Circulation Foundation also raises money for research into the causes, prevention and treatment of vascular disease. You can find out more information at www.circulationfoundation.org.uk or by phoning 020 7304 4779.
The Vascular Society
The Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland was established in 1966 as a professional membership organisation to represent vascular surgeons, radiologists, angiologists and others involved in independent vascular practice. The Society is a registered charity and is based at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London.
The objectives of the Society are to relieve sickness and to preserve and protect health by advancing the science and art of vascular surgery. These objectives are achieved through a number of means, which include:
- Advising on the provision of vascular services
- Advising on the education and training of vascular surgeons
- Promoting clinical audit and governance
- Promoting and disseminating the results of research into vascular disorders
- Providing continuing medical education through regular meetings
- Providing information and advice for patients
- Visit the Society's website at www.vascularsociety.org.uk
Cardio & Vascular Coalition
The Cardio & Vascular Coalition (CVC) is an alliance of 41 voluntary organisations with an interest in promoting and protecting cardiac and vascular health in England. The CVC is committed to working with and influencing central and local government, health and social care commissioners, service planners and policy makers to ensure that cardiac and vascular health is high on their agendas.
Founded in 2007, the majority of CVC members have a national focus on improving cardiac and vascular health in the UK. The interests of the CVC membership cover the breadth of cardiac and vascular conditions - heart disease, diabetes, stroke and kidney disease - from pre-birth to end of life care. The CVC draws on expertise from across the voluntary and patient advocacy sectors, and from eminent medical, research and academic professionals.
Visit their website at http://www.bhf.org.uk/cvc/
The British Heart Foundation
As the nation's heart charity, the British Heart Foundation focuses on investing in pioneering research, supporting and caring for heart patients and providing information to help people reduce their own risk of dying prematurely from a heart or circulatory related illness.
Visit their website at http://www.bhf.org.uk/
The Family Doctor website has more information on abdominal aortic aneurysms and the problems that they cause.
You can also view the NHS AAA Screening Programme care pathway on the Map of Medicine website.
National AAA Quality Improvement Programme
The National AAA Quality Improvement Programme works with a wide range of healthcare providers and patients to improve the quality of care offered to people with aortic aneurysm.
To see patient views from groups held around the U.K or read about real life AAA experiences visit the AAA Quality Improvement Programme website at http://www.aaaqip.com/.