Bowel screening

  • Men and women aged 60–74yrs are invited every 2 years
  • Over 74 can request a kit
  • FOBt kit received in the post
  • One off bowel scope test at 55yrs
  • Must be registered with a GP practice to receive invitation
  • Telephone: 0800 707 60 60


  • Kit and invitation received in post
  • Kit is completed at home and sent to the hub (please see Practical Tips diagrams below)

What happens then?

  • Screening hub (Nottingham) analyses the kit
  • Test detects tiny amounts of blood in the sample of poo.
  • The FOBt does not diagnose bowel cancer


Bowel cancer screening kit: how to use

Instructions on how to use the home test kits provided by the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP):