Bowel Cancer Screening Unit
The Bowel Cancer Screening unit is part of the Trust's Endoscopy unit. Bowel Cancer Screening involves having tests to check if you have or are at risk of bowel cancer.
Why we offer bowel cancer screening
We offer screening to detect bowel cancer when it is at an early stage in people with no symptoms. This is when treatment is more likely to be effective. Screening can also find polyps. These are abnormal clumps of cells in the bowel. Polyps are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. Polyps can be easily removed, which reduces the risk of bowel cancer developing.
Regular bowel cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer. For more information on taking part in bowel screening read NHS bowel cancer screening: helping you decide (FIT)
Government strategy is to reduce the invite age for screening to 50 by 2025. We currently invite people from age 56 the remaining age groups to follow in subsequent years.
How to use a bowel cancer screening kit
Face to Face Clinics
Please try to attend your appointment alone, although one carer, friend or relative can attend as support.
- Please bring with you a list of any current medications.
If patients are assessed as suitable for a colonoscopy they will be given an appointment during the clinic appointment.
Please try to attend your appointment alone, although one carer, friend or relative can wait in the department during a patients appointment. Alternatively, a member of staff will telephone to confirm when the patient is ready to be collected from the department.
Clinics and Specialist Ward
Specialist Screening Practitioner Telephone Clinics (assessment clinic for individuals who have abnormal home test kit results).
Clinical Director - Dr Dixon
Programme Manager – Tania Baldwin
Lead Specialist Screening Practitioner - Amanda Johns
Professor Andrew Chilton
Dr Andrew Dixon
Dr Amr Eldahshan
Mr John Jameson
- Dr A Sajjad
- Dr Ajay Verma
Specialist Screening Practitioners
Lead Nurse: Amanda Johns
Other bowel findings e.g., Haemorrhoids, anal fissure, skin tags etc: