Bowel cancer screening programmes

Bowel scope screening

Bowel scope screening will be piloted by St Mark's Hospital in June 2013. All men and women aged between 55 and 60 who live in Brent, Harrow and parts of Ealing will automatically be sent an invite to attend a free bowel scope screen. 

Bowel scope screening prevents colorectal cancer by detecting and removing adenomatous polyps in the rectum and sigmoid colon. People with high risk polyps are invited for subsequent colonoscopy.

If you are aged between 55-60 you can self refer by calling 0800 707 6060

Please find more information in the frequently asked questions

Bowel cancer screening programme

The NHS bowel cancer screening programme was the first national cancer screening programme in England to target both men and women.

All men and women aged 60 - 69 and registered with a GP, will be automatically invited and will recieve a 'faecal occult blood test kit' every two years. 

People aged 70 and over can telephone the freephone helpline 0800 707 6060 to request a test kit.

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Description of service

Northwick Park Hospital is responsible  for up to six screening centres across the capital, we are responsible for:

  • Assesmbly and dispatch of kits to invited population
  • Laboratory - testing the returned kits
  • Dispatch of test results to individual within 48 hours of receipt
  • Booking appointments in specialist screening practationers clinics at local screening centre.
  • Providing freephone helpline service to the population



Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

Bowel cancer screening programme, London programme hub, level 3A, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow , HA1 3UJ


Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

  • Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Hub
    0800 707 6060

Consultants and other key staff

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