Bowel cancer screening

​Contact information


For more information about the team or advice on how to obtain your screening kit, contact:

Bowel Cancer Screening Centre Office: 01782 676643 (answer machine) or 01782 676642 (screening nurses) or 01782 676641 (Lead Nurse​).

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.


About the condition

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


After the treatment

Most patients receive a normal result, but about two percent receive a positive or abnormal result. 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.

  • About 5 in 10 people who have a colonoscopy will have a normal result.
  • 4 in 10 people who have a colonoscopy will be found to have a 'polyp'.
  • About 1 in 10 people who have a colonoscopy will have cancer detected.


Clinics

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

Bowel cancer screening team

The bowel cancer screening team are working hard to increase awareness and eventually improve outcomes for patients with bowel cancer in Stoke-on -Trent and Staffordshire.

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. Its aim is to identify people who appear healthy but are at an increased risk of developing bowel cancer. Anyone above the age of 74 can opt into the programme by telephoning the free phone hub on 0800 707 60 60.

The team are regularly out in the local area speaking to the public about the importance of bowel cancer screening and explaining the importance of early detection and diagnosis. Bowel cancer affects around 41,000 people in the UK every year and is the second most common cause of cancer death, with 1 in 20 people developing bowel cancer during their lifetime. Each year around 16,000 people die from bowel cancer. The work that the team are carrying out is aimed at eventually improving the diagnosis and eventual prognosis for patients with bowel cancer.

UHNM's team has 11 members. Recently, they have focused on carrying out health promotion events across catchment areas.

The team provide bowel scope testing for over 55-year olds and that is helping the team raise awareness of the disease.

The service has received excellent feedback from patients and highlights the importance of patient engagement to help improve and develop the programme.​

The wider team

  • Dr Sandip Sen, Consultant Gastroenterologist: BCS Clinical Director and Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Srisha Hebbar, Consultant Gastroenterologist: Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Alan Bohan, Consultant Gastroenterologist: Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Alison Brind, Consultant Gastroenterologist: Accredited Screening Colonoscopist
  • Dr Sarveson Rajkumar, 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
  • Julie Holland, Lead Administrator, Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Pam Hawkes, Lead Co-ordinator, Bowel Scope
  • Karen Davies, Assistant Administrator
  • Louise Booth, Assistant Administrator
  • Angela Power, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Manager​


Further information and support

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre

At the centre, staff 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: 01782 676333 or e-mail: macmillancentre@uhnm.nhs.uk

TOpening hours are Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm

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