The Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will invite all men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years who are registered with a GP. It is therefore vital that you inform Coldside Medical Practice reception staff of your latest address so the co-ordinators can send you regular invitations for screening.
Other eligible individuals who are not registered with a General Practice such as prisoners, armed forces, homeless and individuals in long-stay institutions will also be able to participate.
How will the screening programme be run?
All men and women aged between 50 and 74 will receive a Faecal Occult Blood test (FOBt) kit by post to their home address. The kit is completed at home and returned to the national Bowel Screening Centre for Scotland, which is based in Dundee at King’s Cross Hospital.
The centre tests all the completed screening kits and then notifies:
- all participants of their results
- all GP practices of positive FOBt results
- all NHS Boards of positive results requiring further investigations.
From April 2013, if you’re 75 or over you can still take a bowel screening test every two years if you want to. The co-ordinators won’t automatically send you a test kit every two years though, so you’ll need to ask for one.
It’s still free – just call the Bowel Screening Centre Helpline on 0800 0121 833 (textphone 180010800 0121 833).
We fully support this initiative and would encourage you to participate in this worthwhile programme.
You can access further information at the following websites:
- Scottish Bowel Screening Programme
- NHS Inform - Bowel Screening