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Patient Screening within the NHS

Public Health - Bowel Cancer Screening

Public Health FIT will be implemented throughout England from April 2018. Currently patients are sent in the post a gFOBt kit, and if a repeat is requested, Public Health will send a replacement gFOBt kit. FIT kits will be sent out after from April and May, which will be a transition period.


Screening test


Public Health provide a one-off bowel scope investigation using flexible sigmoidoscopy. Patients accept the invitation any time up until they receive an invitation for FIT when 60 years old.

60 to 74

2 yearly checks carried out at home using a FIT pack received from Public Health. Patients collect a single faecal sample on a stick, and return it to the Screening Hub for analysis in a prepaid package.

75 and over

Biennial screening using FIT pack is available from the Screening Hub helpline on tel: 0800 707 6060.

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