Bowel Cancer Screening Team

​​​Bowel cancer affects around 42,000 people in the UK every year and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths and the fourth biggest cancer in the UK. For every 100 people getting their FIT kit results 98 will have a normal result and two will have an abnormal result. The symptoms of bowel cancer are often attributed to other causes, for example piles, medication and polyps.

It is often not diagnosed until significantly advanced because many people do not like to approach their GP about the issue, or do not realise the significance of the symptoms. The symptoms of bowel cancer differ from person to person and not everyone with the disease shows symptoms.  

Symptoms

  • Blood in the poo
  • Going to the toilet more often
  • A change in your normal bowel habit
  • Lost weight and you don't know why
  • Lump in the tummy


Patients with a positive result will be invited to see a specialist nurse and may be referred for a colonoscopy, an examination of the lining of the large bowel (colon) using a tiny camera on the end of a flexible tube.

For every 100 people having a colonoscopy after an abnormal FIT test:

  • 13 will have a normal test

  • 25 will have minor findings needing no additional treatment

  • 53 will have adenomas that need to be removed

  • 9 will have cancer


Clinics

Nurse-led clinics are run at Royal Stoke Hospital and County Hospital and full details and clinic times are sent to patients with their invitation. Colonoscopy investigations take place in the endoscopy unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital.  


Our team

  • Dr Sandip Sen, Consultant Gastroenterologist; BCS Clinical Director, Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Srisha Hebbar, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Alison Brind, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Sarveson Rajkumar, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Arun Kurup, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Cordelia Howitt, Lead Pathologist
  • Dr Ingrid Britton, Lead Radiologist
  • Carol Beeston, Lead Specialist Screening Nurse
  • Gloria Garlick, Screening Nurse
  • Adrian Black, Screening Nurse
  • Deborah Maccioni, Screening Nurse
  • Rachel Owen, Screening Nurse
  • Edna Beaty, Screening Nurse
  • Amanda Baggaley, Screening Nurse
  • Gregory Seadon, Screening Nurse
  • Carol Wheatley, Screening Nurse
  • Ana Chapa, Bowel Scope Discharge CSW
  • Angela Power, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Manager
  • Julie Holland, Snr Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Administrator
  • Karen Davies, Lead Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Administrator
  • Louise Booth, Bowel Scope Coordinator
  • Kathleen Pointon, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Administrator
  • Diane Jones, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Administrator


Contact us

  • Bowel cancer screening centre office: 01782 676643 (answer machine) or 01782 676642 (screening nurses) or lead nurse: 01782 676641
  • Email: bcsp@uhnm.nhs.uk
  • Screening Hub Free telephone helpline: 0800 707 60 60


The Bowel Cancer Screening Centre is open Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.30pm.

For further information regarding the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme please visit www.bowelcanceruk.org


Support and further information

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre will:

  • Listen to how cancer is affecting your life
  • Provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information
  • Put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counselling services, benefits advisers and support groups


The address is: 

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands
Ground Floor, Main Building
Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent
ST4 6QG

Contact on 01782 676333 or e-mail macmillancentre@uhnm.nhs.uk

Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm

Please note, we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names. If you are making a special journey, please ring to make an appointment so you are not kept waiting.