The Pennine Screening Centre provides bowel cancer screening services for a population of 900,000.
NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care locations covered by the centre include Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, Oldham, Bury and Manchester (North).
NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer. It's available to everyone aged 60 or over. The programme has expanded to include 56 year olds from 21 February 2022 and 58 year olds from 01 August 2022
Screening participants use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab/hub. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood.
Blood can be a sign of polyps or bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer, but may turn into cancer over time.
If the test finds anything unusual, the screening participant might be asked to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer.
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- Specialist Screening Practitioner Pre Investigation Appointments
- Radiology (if required)
- Referrals to supporting services (if required)
- Specialist Screening Practitioner Post Investigation Appointments
You will be sent an invitation letter with information about bowel cancer screening. The information is to help you decide whether to take part.
You will then be sent a faecal immunochemical test, or ‘FIT kit’ for short. It detects blood in your poo (blood you would not notice by eye). We look for blood because polyps and bowel cancers sometimes bleed. Finding blood does not diagnose bowel cancer but it means you need further tests (usually a bowel examination).
Most people’s screening result shows they do not need any further tests.
Some people will however need further tests. If this is the case we will offer you a Specialist Screening Practitioner Pre Investigation Appointment either at a local community location or via a telephone consultation.
This is to discuss having a more detailed examination of your bowel (colonoscopy). The colonoscopy is to see if there is a problem that needs treatment.
A Specialist Screening Practitioner (SSP) will talk with you about your screening result and answer any questions you have. He or she will discuss colonoscopy with you, and check if you are fit enough for the procedure.
If you are fit for colonoscopy and want to go ahead with the examination, we will arrange an appointment for you. If we do not think you are fit enough for colonoscopy, we may offer you a different investigation such as a computerised tomography (CT) scan (sometimes called a ‘virtual colonoscopy’).
Colonoscopy looks at the lining of your large bowel. A colonoscopy specialist passes a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera attached (a colonoscope) into your back passage (rectum). They guide the colonoscope around your large bowel. If they find any polyps, they can usually remove them painlessly. They will check any removed polyps for cancer cells. Colonoscopy is the best way to diagnose bowel cancer.
The Screening Centre currently offers Colonoscopy procedures from the following Endoscopy Unit sites:
- Fairfield General Hospital
- Rochdale Infirmary
Bowel Cancer Screening Centre Offices based at Fairfield General Hospital.
Endoscopic procedures provided at:
- Fairfield General Hospital
- Rochdale Infirmary
- Royal Oldham Hospital
*Specialist Screening Practitioner Pre Investigation Assessment Clinics are provided at:
- Moorgate Primary Care Centre
- Ings Lane Clinic
- Intergrated Care Centre Oldham
- Higher Openshaw Primary Care Centre
*Clinics are currently being delivered as telephone clinics due to Covid-19 service restrictions
We offer bowel cancer screening using a home testing kit to everyone in England from the age of 60. Your GP practice gives us your contact details so please make sure they always have your correct name, date of birth and address. Many GPs also like to have your mobile number and email address.
We offer screening every 2 years between the ages of 60 and 74. We are gradually extending this age range, and people aged 56 and 58 are now being invited as part of this process. If you are over 74, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by calling our free helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
- Bowel cancer screening - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Bowel cancer screening kit: how to use - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Bowel cancer screening: benefits and risks - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Bowel cancer screening: colonoscopy - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Bowel Cancer Screening Easy Guide
- Screening for trans and non-binary people
- Videos in other languages
More information and advice:
Call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60 if:
- you have not had your result after 2 weeks from when you sent off your kit
- you want to know more about screening
- you do not want to be invited for bowel cancer screening
The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme has information in other formats, including: