South Tyneside District Hospital offers a screening test to prevent bowel cancer. Invitations are issued to men and women in South Tyneside around the time of their 55th birthday asking them to attend for ‘Bowelscope‘ screening.
This involves a flexible sigmoidoscopy - using a small tube to look at the inside of the lower bowel. The aim is to find any small growths, called 'polyps', some of which may develop into bowel cancer if left untreated. Removing these reduces the likelihood of people getting bowel cancer.
South Tyneside works with colleagues at Sunderland Royal Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, to deliver bowel cancer screening. The one-off Bowelscope screening is an addition to the existing NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
The South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Centre, which is made up of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, was the first of six pilot sites throughout the country to implement the Bowelscope screening.
The procedure usually takes about five to 15 minutes and is relatively safe for all patients, including those with other health issues, such as heart or breathing problems, because there is no need for any sedation or anaesthetic. This also means that they can go home quickly afterwards.
Where is the service provided from?
South Tyneside District Hospital
Tyne and Wear
South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000