How is the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme organised?

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline is 0800 707 6060

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme started being rolled out in July 2006 and achieved nation wide coverage by 2010.

Programme hubs operate a national call and recall system to send out faecal occult blood (FOB) test kits, analyse samples and despatch results. Each hub is responsible for coordinating the programme in their area and works with up to 20 local screening centres.

The screening centres provide endoscopy services and specialist screening nurse clinics for people receiving an abnormal result. Screening centres are also responsible for referring those requiring treatment to their local hospital multidisciplinary team (MDT).