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Colorectal (Bowel) Cancer Services

If you have suspected cancer of your bowel you will be referred to our specialist colorectal team of doctors and nurses.

Your general practitioner/doctor or nurse will have referred you on a rapid access pathway called a 2 week wait referral. You will be offered initially either a face to face clinical appointment in the hospital outpatients department or a telephone assessment clinic appointment over the phone.

Cancer Care Line

 Contact The Cancer Care Line:  01227 868666

 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm)

This is a central helpline for all patients who have come into contact with a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist or the Macmillan Acute Oncology Team. Not all people that are given this number have cancer, some maybe undergoing investigations to rule it out.

The people that answer your calls are not medically trained and in order for them to direct you to correct person/ team, they will ask for some clinical and personal information.

The Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists run designated phone clinics, therefore if appropriate you will be booked onto the next available telephone clinic which may not be the same day.

If the Cancer Care Line Co-ordinator's triage indicates you require urgent clinical advice, you will be put through to the specialist nurse of the day.

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