Clinical Service

Bowel Cancer Screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) checks if you could have bowel cancer. It's available to everyone aged 60 to 74 years. The programme is expanding to make it available to everyone aged 50 to 59 years.

You use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood.

Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, even if you have recently completed a NHS bowel cancer screening test kit – do not wait to have a screening test.

Contact us

Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01843 234218

What to expect

If the test finds anything unusual, you will be asked to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer. Your appointment might be a telephone call or you might be asked to go to your local Bowel Cancer Screening Centre.

The specialist screening practitioner (SSP) will talk to you about another test called a colonoscopy, to look for the cause of your test results.

Watch our video about the East Kent bowel screening procedure

Where do we provide this service?

You can be screened at the Kent and Canterbury HospitalQueen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital and William Harvey Hospital.