Bowel Cancer Screening Southern Programme Hub
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Southern Programme Hub is hosted by the Royal Surrey County and Frimley Park Hospitals and recently moved into new bespoke premises on the Surrey Research Park. The Hub serves a population of 14.6 million across the South of England, working with 18 local screening centres from Kent to Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The Surrey Screening Centre is the largest of those screening centres and is based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital.
Screening for bowel cancer is offered every two years to men and women aged 60-74 years (inclusive) using a faecal occult blood test (FOBt). (People aged 75 years and above can request screening by telephoning the Freephone helpline 0800 707 60 60.) The Southern Programme Hub started work in 2006 under the direction of Professor Stephen Halloran and is the largest of the five Hubs in the Programme in England – indeed, it is the largest in the world. Each Hub sends out screening invitations and the test kits, and receives returned kits for laboratory analysis. Referral for further investigation (usually colonoscopy) is offered to individuals whose FOBt shows traces of blood.
The Programme Hubs also despatch invitations for once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy as part of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme’s new Bowel Scope screening service for men and women aged 55 years.
Please see below for the latest annual reports: