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Patient Screening within the NHS

Breast Screening for Women aged 70-79 years on 01/04/2018 who have missed a final screen

Following an investigation which began in January 2018, Public Health England and NHS England identified that in some instances women were not being invited for their final breast screen between their 68th and 71st birthday. Approximately 206,000 women in England aged 70—79 years will receive a letter. Those aged up to 72 will be sent a catch up screening invitation. Women aged 72 and above will be offered the opportunity for a screen. Routine breast screening will be unaffected and most women in these age groups will still have received their final screen. All affected women registered with a GP will receive a letter with advice and signposting. A helpline has been established Tel: 0800 169 2692. If you are concerned, please contact this number.

Public Health - Bowel Cancer Screening

Public Health FIT will be implemented throughout England from April 2018. Currently patients are sent in the post a gFOBt kit, and if a repeat is requested, Public Health will send a replacement gFOBt kit. FIT kits will be sent out after from April and May, which will be a transition period.


Screening test


Public Health provide a one-off bowel scope investigation using flexible sigmoidoscopy. Patients accept the invitation any time up until they receive an invitation for FIT when 60 years old.

60 to 74

2 yearly checks carried out at home using a FIT pack received from Public Health. Patients collect a single faecal sample on a stick, and return it to the Screening Hub for analysis in a prepaid package.

75 and over

Biennial screening using FIT pack is available from the Screening Hub helpline on tel: 0800 707 6060.

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