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Bowel cancer screening

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust offers bowel cancer screening to all men and women aged 60-74 every two years, which is part of a national programme. 

People in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation through the post, then their screening kit, so they can complete the test in the privacy of their own home. Your GP will provide your contact details, so it is important that they are kept up to date with any changes.

The Screening initiative aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when treatment is likely to be more effective.
The screening is via a home test called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), which looks for hidden blood in stool.  This does not diagnose bowel cancer, but the results will give an indication as to whether the patient is in need of further examination, this is called a colonoscopy.

Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps, which are abnormal growths that aren’t cancerous but may become so over time. They can be removed during a colonoscopy, potentially preventing patients going on to develop bowel cancer.

Appointments take place at Sandwell Hospital, and Birmingham Treatment Centre, which is based at City Hospital. Patients may also attend appointments at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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Team

Clinical Lead
Dr Nigel Trudgill

Consultant Colonoscopists
Dr Matthew Lewis
Dr Jason Goh
Dr Imtiyaz Mohammed

Bowel Scope Endoscopists
Mr Misra Budhoo
Dr Edward Fogden
Dr Rachel Cooney
Dr Neeraj Bhala
Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy
Dr Shri Pathmakanthan
Warren Chapman
Selva Jothi-Ernest

Specialist screening practitioners
Claire Beats (lead)
Clair Millard
Michelle Scott-Harris
Richard Glennon
Caroline Murphy
Owen Dunham
Christopher Howes

Programme Manager
Margaret Preston

Bowel Scope Coordinator
Marion Butler

Team Leader
Edwina Ghidetti

Administrators
Mayur Patel
John Rudge
Meena Dhunna

Services

Bowel Cancer Screening

We participate fully in a national screening programme. Tests are available every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. People who are over 74 can request a home-screening kit over the phone by calling 0800 707 60 60.

The checks begin with a simple test that can be carried out at home using a kit that is sent to individual patients. If the test reveals anything unusual then further tests can be carried out in hospital by a consultant or specialist nurse.

City and Sandwell hospitals have a team of specialists who hold clinics for patients whose home tests have shown positive. Patients are assessed for their suitability for a colonoscopy – a tiny video camera on a thin flexible tube which is inserted into the back passage under local anaesthetic. This allows the consultant or specialist nurse to see directly if there are any abnormal growths.

A colonoscopy clinic is run once a week at City Hospital, twice a week at Sandwell Hospital and once a week at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Bowel Cancer Screening Clinics 

City Hospital
Pre-assessment clinics: Mondays, 9-11.15am, Tuesdays, 1.15-3.30pm.
Colonoscopy appointments: Mondays, 1.15-3.30pm.

Sandwell Hospital
Pre-assessment clinics: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9-11.15am.
Colonoscopy appointments: Wednesday mornings; Thursday afternoons.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
Pre-assessment clinics: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9-11.15am.
Colonscopy appointments: Tuesday mornings.

Bowel Scope Screening

In 2014, our Trust, in partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust introduced Bowel Scope Screening. NHS Bowel Scope Screening is a new test which looks inside the lower bowel. The aim is to find and remove any small growths, called polyps in the bowel that could eventually turn into cancer. The NHS offers bowel scope screening to all men and women aged 55, whose GP is linked to our service.

NHS bowel scope screening helps prevent bowel cancer. For every 300 people screened, it stops two from getting bowel cancer and saves one life from bowel cancer.

For more information, click here.

If you are unsure about Bowel Scope Screening and would like to speak to someone, please contact the freephone helpline number on 0800 707 60 60

Bowel Scope Screening Clinics 

City Hospital
Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

Sandwell Hospital
Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 4.40-7.20pm.

Patient Stories

April 5, 2018

Giant inflatable bowel is a hit with the public

The Bowel Cancer Screening team with the inflatable walk-through bowel.

This is the giant inflatable bowel  that people can walk through. 
The structure will be on tour this month as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness month. The bowel cancer screening team will be on hand to answer questions about screening and how important it is.
The inflatable will be at New Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich, on April 5, followed by the Fort Shopping Park, in Erdington on April 20th and then at the Vaisakhi Festival, at Handsworth Park, Handsworth on April 29th.

 

Poem about bowel cancer screening raises awareness of life-saving test

A patient is hoping to raise awareness of bowel cancer screening – by writing a light-hearted poem about her experience.
Lynne Conroy, 63, of Tipton, penned the poetry after she underwent a colonoscopy at Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich.
She had taken the “poo in the post” test and after the results showed up some irregularities, the mum-of-three was called in for a further examination.
During the procedure two polyps were removed and she was given the all clear by doctors. But she was so impressed with her treatment, Lynne, who works as an office manager for domicillary and support care company JLKare and Support, decided to write about it.
“I love writing poems,” she explained. “So when I was asked to give some feedback about the treatment and care at the hospital, I thought I would do it in poetry form.
“It’s a light-hearted way of raising awareness of a very important test, which can ultimately be life-saving.
“I think that even if this encourages just one person to take the ‘poo in the post’ test, then I have done something good. All the tests that I underwent were quick and painless and there was nothing awkward about it.”
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, people over the age of 60 are invited to take part in bowel cancer screening every two years.
The national screening programme uses a home test called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), which looks for hidden blood in poo.
Lynne added: “Some of my friends have taken the postal test, so I was very aware of it when I received it in the post and I didn’t hesitate to do it. It’s a very straightforward and easy procedure that you just do at home.”
Clair Millard, Specialist Screening Practitioner for the Bowel Cancer Screening programme, said: “It’s the first time we have ever feedback in poetry form and we’re really impressed with how Lynne expressed herself.
“People can sometimes be reluctant to take the test but it can detect cancer at an early stage, which is when treatment has the best chance of working.
“We are grateful to Lynne for her poem and we intend to use it to promote our service further.”

My Colonoscopy

Do I need to mention the day before?
Drinking Klean Prep was such a chore!
To clean out my innards and make it clear,
for the camera to go – straight up my rear!

I chose to be awake so I could see it on telly,

In a foetal position on my side and belly.
Up went the camera – no chance to be shy.
“Just a couple of polyps,” thank God, I won’t die.

The crew were professional, the tube went in deep.
With gas and air on tap, I never made a peep.
There are no malignancies; all was fine.
Just two bits of diverticular in my intestine.

They made sure I was fine before I went home.
In the future they’ll do this procedure by Drone!
Dr Mohammad and his team all played their part,
So I’d like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart.

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Contacts

City Hospital:

Telephone: 0121 507 6002

Sandwell Hospital: 

Telephone: 0121 507 3185

Queen Elizabeth Hospital:

Telephone: 0121 371 6993.

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