Who does what in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme?

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline is 0800 707 6060

The programme hub:

  • Provides the call and recall service which issues invitations
  • Assembles and dispatches test kits
  • Runs a laboratory to process test kits
  • Provides a freephone telephone helpline for the public
  • Dispatches test results
  • Books appointments at screening nurse clinics for those with abnormal test results

The screening centre:

  • Runs screening nurse clinics, colonoscopy clinics and books and runs follow-up clinics
  • Provides alternative investigations where colonoscopy is not appropriate
  • Provides pathology (histology) services
  • Refers those requiring treatment for cancer to their local hospital multi-disciplinary team (MDT)

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