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Bowel Cancer Screening Programme


If you're:

  • living with cancer, have had cancer in the past, or are worried that you have cancer
  • a relative, friend or carer of someone living with cancer

this FAQ document contains the latest guidance from cancer charities on staying safe and accessing treatment/diagnosis.

The Berkshire Bowel Cancer Screening Centre is part of the National Screening programme. Within the Centre we co-ordinate and aim to provide the highest level of holistic care to individuals identified through the Screening Programme.

The service operates as a joint venture between Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The centre sees patients from across East and West Berkshire as well as from areas within South Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire.

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. People in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation followed by a personalised screening kit so they can do the test at home. Those over 75 years will not be invited automatically but can call the free-phone number to request their free kit.

For more information about how the screening programme works, visit this website.

Bowel Cancer Screening Service provision in Berkshire

Screening clinics run by the Specialist Screening Practitioners (SSP’s) currently run on the following sites:

Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital
  • Bracknell Healthspace

More information

NHS Bowel Screening: The Facts

NHS Bowel Screening: Colonoscopy Investigation

Contact Information

  • Free-phone helpline: 0800 707 6060
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital Bowel Cancer Screening office: 0118 322 7346
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