Bowel screening

The NE London Screening Centre at the Homerton Hospital provides bowel screening services across the whole of North East London covering the populations of, City and Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. People between these ages will receive a screening kit through the post.

Services provided
The service is provided by Homerton Hospital coordinating specialist screening nurse clinics and colonoscopies as locally as possible for residents in North East London, by working in collaboration with The Royal London Hospital, Queens Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital.

How to contact us
For general queries regarding bowel screening programme please contact The Bowel Cancer Screening Office on 020 8510 7218.
For information and workshops on Bowel Screening please email our Health Promotion Specialist Leena Khagram or phone on 07917 554 352.

The faecal occult blood test (FOBt) checks for the presence of a tiny amount of blood in your bowel motions, so small that you wouldn't be able to see it. The blood could be a sign of a polyp (a type of abnormal growth) or bowel cancer, which sometimes bleeds. ‘Occult’ means hidden blood.

The test does not diagnose bowel cancer, but the results will indicate whether you need a further investigation, usually a colonoscopy.

If you are eligible to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme, you will receive an FOBt pack in the post.

Full instructions will come with the pack. More information is available on the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening website