Benefits of Membership

This page is for becoming a member of Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland, the national patient charity.  Apply separately for membership of the AD Buddies UK & Ireland Support Group on Facebook; please click here

Membership of both Aortic Dissection Awareness UK&I and the Buddies group is FREE.

For everyone


  • Dedicated website:
  • E-mail updates from AD Awareness UK&I
  • Notices about events
  • Stay up-to-date about Aortic Dissection with our quarterly e-newsletter
  • Support the 4,000 people in the UK who have an Aortic Dissection every year
  • Support the families of patients and the bereaved relatives of those who die
  • Make a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of Aortic Dissection in the UK
  • Fund raising opportunities

For patients

As for “Everyone” plus:

  • Aortic Dissection Awareness Day Conference every September
  • Priority invitations to events including: Aortic Dissection Awareness Day, Thursday monthly Zoom webinars, Buddy group meet-ups, and some free passes to other events such as SCTS
  • Ready-made support network with hundreds of members across the UK and Ireland
  • Active online community (AD Buddies Facebook Group) (separate registration)
  • Information, advice and support from other patients in similar situations
  • Resources (Files) library on the Buddies Facebook Group
  • Plans to expand web site with member-only resources.
  • Regular meet-ups and the opportunity to arrange ad-hoc meet-ups
  • Opportunities to get involved in projects (awareness, research, patient advocacy)
For relatives and carers

As for Patients, plus

  • Improved your understanding of Aortic Dissection
  • Get to know other patients, relatives and carers – online and/or in person
  • Ask questions and get informed answers from a range of perspectives
  • Chat about your issues and concerns and ‘let off steam’
  • Receive helpful support and advice during bereavement
  • Get involved in improving care for Aortic Dissection patients

For healthcare professionals

As for Everyone plus

  • Show your support for the national patient association for Aortic Dissection
  • The opportunity to attend or be invited to present or participate in the Aortic Dissection Awareness Day Conference every September
  • Invitations to events including: Aortic Dissection Awarenesss Day, Thursday monthly Zoom webinars
  • Access to hundreds of Aortic Dissection survivors when you need a patient voice
  • Work with us on collaborative projects to improve diagnosis and care
  • Involve us in new projects, e.g. research studies, education initiatives or events
  • Get to know us until you feel comfortable referring your patients to us too.

Please complete this form to become a member:

  • Mr, Mrs, Dr etc.

  • Please create a username (for future Member-only resources)

  • Please create a secure password (for future Member-only resources. You will be able re-set this if you forget it.)

  • Free
  • If applicable

  • If applicable

  • (*or intending to be a member)



Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland is the national patient charity for Aortic Dissection in the UK & Ireland.

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day UK is our flagship national event which happens every 19th September - see our Events page.

THINK AORTA is our life-saving global campaign to improve awareness, diagnosis and prevention of this lethal disease.

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland is a registered charity in England and Wales (number 1198617)

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