Friday, 20 October 2017


AAA patients advised to be clear on driving

Published on 20 Feb 2017

2017-02-20 - AAA and Driving Card - Ian MacPhail PR

Pictured: Ian Maphail with guide

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and Driving: Know the facts

Local AAA Screening Champion Ian MacPhail today launched an information guide to help those diagnosed with an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) be aware of driving facts and their driving responsibilities.

The handy credit card sized guide, produced by NHS Western Isles, offers information on how different aneurysm sizes relate to drivers who hold either or both Group 1 and/or Group 2 driving licences.  

The guide also stresses the importance of how not informing the DVLA about a medical condition which may affect driving could result in a £1000 fine, as well as prosecution if the driver is involved in an accident as a result of their medical condition.

Ian, who has recovered from an abdominal aortic aneurysm after being diagnosed through attending a routine screening appointment said, “When I was first diagnosed I didn’t realise I was unable to drive.  This handy guide is clear and concise on what to do if you have been diagnosed with an AAA and drive any group of vehicle.

“Whilst being without my car was a little inconvenient at the time, I realised it was more important that I wasn’t behind the wheel with this condition – and now having recovered, I have my licence back.”

Christina Morrison, NHSWI Health Protection Nurse Specialist, said, “If someone with an AAA over 6cm (2.4 inches) in width (despite treatment) has a car or motorcycle licence, then the DVLA must be informed.  However, if you have a bus, coach or lorry licence you must tell DVLA, regardless of the AAA size.  If  any man who has been screened in the AAA programme is unsure of their AAA size they are advised to contact their doctor or consultant.”

Patients, and their carers, will receive a copy of the guide at their AAA screening appointment. 

Patients who wish to contact the DVLA direct can do so by telephoning 0300 790 6806, Monday to Friday (8am to 5:30pm) and Saturday (8am to 1pm) or visiting: