Bowel screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms) when treatment is more likely to be effective.
Men and women at age 55 (who are registered with a GP) are invited to take part in a one off test called a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dependent on the result of this, you may be referred for further tests or recalled at age 60.
The FOBt Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites men and women between the ages of 60 and 74 (who are registered with a GP) to take part in bowel screening every two years.
You will be sent a faecal occult blood sampling kit and instructions about how to take a sample. You will also receive instructions about how to send the sample to a laboratory.
If there is a positive result, you will be referred for investigations at your local screening centre.
We host the screening centre for the Sussex Bowel Cancer Screening Programme with screening sites at:
At the screening centre, we:
The hub in Guildford:
If you receive positive test results you will be invited to attend a nurse clinic appointment, within 14 days of positive result, for full discussion of the next steps of the process. This appointment will include an explanation of the investigative procedure to be undertaken, usually a colonoscopy, which will also be within 14 days of clinic appointment.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings are accredited endoscopy units who provide colonoscopy for patients referred through the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Nurse led clinics are held at these sites in addition to Bexhill and Eastbourne Hospital.
Presently only Brighton undertakes flexible sigmoidoscopy for Bowel Scope patients. Rollout of this programme across the the centres will take until mid-2018.