Who is Bowel Screening for?
NHS Bowel Screening Programme is for men and women who are:
- age 60-74: invitations automatically sent every two years to men and women
- age 75+: men and women over 75 can request a screening kit every two years by calling the free Bowel Screening Hub Helpline on 0800 707 60 60
- there will be a phased introduction to lowering the screening age from 60 years old to 50 years old
What is the procedure?
A FIT kit, along with instructions on how to use it at home, is sent about two weeks after eligible patients receive a pre-invitation letter and information leaflet explaining screening and its possible benefits, and risks of bowel screening. Once used, the individual posts the kit in its prepaid packaging to a laboratory for processing.
Results are sent out two weeks after the laboratory receives the completed kit
Invites (both the letters and screening kits) are sent from a central hub at St Mark’s Hospital. Individuals from Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington are sent to UCLH for further investigations. Patients need to have up to date addresses in GP records.
The Bowel Screening Hub Helpline can also be called if patients have missed their screening.
telephone: 0800 707 60 60