Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Letter

Dear Patient,

Bowel Screening Programme

We have recently been advised by the National Bowel Screening Programme that you failed to respond to an invitation for bowel scope screening.

The Practice firmly believes that this test is a valuable aid in detecting any abnormalities in the bowel and would encourage you to reconsider your decision.

You should continue to be aware of any bowel symptoms such as:

  • A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going to the toilet more often or diarrhoea for several weeks.
  • Bleeding from the back passage without any obvious reason
  • Abdominal pain especially if it is severe
  • A lump in your abdomen.

Please remember that these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer, but if you have had one or more of these symptoms for four to six weeks, you should see your GP.

Should you wish to reconsider your decision and now wish to be screened, you can call the Screening Freephone number 0800 707 6060 and ask for another appointment.

Alternatively should you wish to discuss this with the GP, please contact the surgery and request a routine appointment.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Rahman, Dr Staples & Dr Khoury

Ellison View Surgery

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