- The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme at Manchester Foundation Trust have started colonoscopy procedures (from 22nd June 2020) for those patients who have received a positive FIT kit result. Eligible patients will be contacted by the Bowel Cancer Screening Team to be invited to attend Manchester Royal Infirmary or Trafford General Hospital for their colonoscopy procedure.
To ensure your appointment is as safe as possible the following measures are in place and will need to be adhered to:
- All patients who are invited for their colonoscopy procedure will be contacted by our Screening Specialist Practitioners to screen for COVID-19 symptoms and to ensure suitability for a colonoscopy. Invited patients will also be contacted 24 hours before their scheduled colonoscopy to check if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.
- All patients will be asked to attend for their colonoscopy procedure at a specific time. If you arrive early please wait to enter the hospital until 10 minutes before your appointment. This helps reduce the total number of people in the hospital at any one time to support social distancing measures.
- All patients attending for their colonoscopy procedure will be asked to wait, in individual waiting rooms before being invited for their colonoscopy procedure.
- All staff will wear full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) before, during and after colonoscopy procedure.
- No visitors will be permitted to any adult wards, other than in defined exceptional circumstances.
- If driven to hospital by a relative or friend, they will not be allowed to accompany you to your appointment unless they are also your carer. When you have completed your colonoscopy, we can contact your relative or friend to come and collect you to take you home.
- All visitors and staff members who enter the hospital will need to wear a face covering. Paper masks will be available and handed out at hospital entrances.
- All visitors and staff members must use hand sanitation gel when entering and exiting hospital. Add photo
- All visitors and staff members must adhere to the 1m+ social distancing measures.
- All invited patients must NOT attend an appointment if patient or member of patient’s household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please contact the Screening Centre if this is the case.
- All invited patients must adhere to the restricted access and exit entrances to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Trafford General Hospital.
- For up to date information about your visit to the hospital and the changes we have made to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please click the following link: https://mft.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/
Keeping you safe at your endoscopy appointment
Hand gel/face masks
The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme provides Bowel Cancer Screening Services for around 1.3 million people in South Greater Manchester (Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside & Glossop).
The Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. People over 74 can request a screening kit by calling the free phone helpline 0800 707 6060.
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, in people with no symptoms, when treatment is more likely to be effective.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
- Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
- A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, go to see your GP.
Sometimes, a tumour can block the bowel, causing sudden strong pains in the stomach area, bloating and feeling or being sick. This is called a bowel obstruction. You may also be unable to empty your bowels or pass wind. If you think you have a blocked bowel, see your GP straight away or go to a hospital accident and emergency department.
How common is bowel cancer?
- About 1 in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.
- Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK claiming more than 16,000 lives a year, that’s over 44 people every day.
- Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers.
- Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s over 42,000 people every year. Every 30 minutes someone dies from the disease in the UK.
- Bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s but it can affect people of all ages. More than 2,500 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year.
- 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
- Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
- People with a family history of bowel cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease. People who take little exercise, people who are overweight and people who have a diet high in red meat and low in vegetables, fruits and fibre are all thought to have an increased risk of developing bowel cancer.
Who is the service for?
Patients in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation letter from the Midland and North West Programme Hub (based in Rugby) to take part in the screening programme.
Patients will then receive their Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit through the post for them to complete in the privacy of their own home.
Once the FIT kit has been completed, people are asked to send the kit back to the Midland and North West Programme Hub where the screening kits are tested to detect tiny amounts of blood, which you cannot normally see in your bowel motions.
If a patient has had an unclear or abnormal result they will be invited to retest. Once a retest has been completed and an abnormal result has been identified then the patient will receive an invitation letter for a clinic appointment with our Specialist Screening Practitioner to discuss having a colonoscopy.
The FIT test does not diagnose bowel cancer, but the results will tell you whether you need an examination of your bowel, a colonoscopy. For more information about colonoscopy, please click here.
For more information on how to use the FIT kit, please see the following links:
What happens at an SSP clinic appointment?
- If you are attending an SSP clinic appointment, please ensure you bring details of medicines currently being taken.
- If English is not your first language and you require an interpreter, please book by clicking this link (link required to MFT interpretation service). You will not be able to use a friend or family member to help translate. Your appointment will be cancelled.
Appointment 1: Specialist Screening Practitioner Clinic
The SSP will discuss the following with you during your appointment:
- Talk to you about your screening results
- Describe what happens during a colonoscopy
- Explain the possible risks and benefits
- Ask some questions about your health
- Answer any questions you have
The SSP will assess if you are fit enough for a colonoscopy. If you are, it is your choice whether to go ahead with the investigation.
They will explain the colonoscopy investigation, complete a medical history assessment and make a decision as to the patient’s suitability to proceed to colonoscopy.
The SSP will also be able to answer any questions or concerns that people may have, in order to relieve any stress, anxiety or concerns with the screening programme.
During your appointment with your SSP, you will be shown a story board which provides you with detailed information about your colonoscopy.
Clinical appointments with our Specialist Screening Practitioners’ are held in the community to service the population within the South Greater Manchester footprint:
- Chapel Road Clinic, 70 Chapel Road, Sale, M33 7EG
- Ashton Primary Care Centre, 221 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR
- Shaw Heath Health Centre, Gilmore Street, Stockport, SK3 8DN
Remember to bring any medication you are taking and to book an interpreter should you need one.
What happens at a colonoscopy appointment?
All colonoscopy appointments are undertaken by our Accredited Screening Consultants. This is a Gold Standard service in which Consultants have to go through a strict training programme and examination in order to be accepted onto the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
Colonoscopy appointments are often undertaken in the Endoscopy Unit and ward staff will provide every support for patient during their time spent in the department to ensure they are comfortably looked after.
All colonoscopy appointments take place at the following locations:
The Manchester screening centres provide the following services:
- Deliver screening nurse clinics, colonoscopy clinics and follow-up clinics
- Provides alternative investigations where colonoscopy is not appropriate
- Provides pathology services
- Refer those requiring treatment for cancer to their local colorectal multi-disciplinary team.
Unit Manager/Specialist Screening Practitioner – Joanne Parker
Clinical Director – Dr Robert Willert
Dr Hui Lee
Dr Richard Jones
Dr Asimina Gaglia
Bowel Scope Endoscopists:
Dr Enoch Kyeremetan
Specialist Screening Practitioners:
Cancer Screening Improvement Lead – Johnson Liu
Lead Administrator – Miriam Chin
When is the service available?
The Manchester Bowel Cancer Screening Programme provides community clinics and hospital screening from Monday to Friday.
For enquiries with regards your screening invitation letter and home screening FIT kit, please call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on:
Telephone: 0800 707 60 60
For enquiries with regard your clinic appointment with Specialist Screening Practitioner and your colonoscopy appointment, please call the Manchester Screening Centre on:
Clinical Enquiries: 0161 276 4560
Appointments: 0161 701 8542
News and Blogs
Info about community engagement and development projects
- Awareness and promotional campaigns
- Healthy eating and lifestyle impact
- Fund raising for Bowel Cancer
- Bowel cancer search projects
Forum discussions – general discussions, FIT home testing kit, BOSS, other talk, staff feedback (Members only – need signing up with contact details)
Awareness and promotional campaigns
- Bowel cancer screening patient, David Calvert has written a blog about his experience here
- Cancer Screening Improvement Lead – Johnson Liu talks about the bowel cancer screening programme on Manchester’s Radio Sheung Lok with Cantonese translation. (starts 14min)
- Bowel cancer screening patient – Roger discusses the bowel cancer screening programme with Suzi Hoffman on Manchester’s ALL FM. (starts 20mins 30sec)
- Manchester’s Sonder Radio create radio advert for Greater Manchester’s Bowel Cancer Screening Programme with patient interview.