Bowel cancer screening programme
The Manchester Screening Centre provides Bowel Cancer Screening
Services for around 1.2 million people in the South of Greater
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early
stage, in people with no symptoms, when treatment is more likely to
Bowel cancer affects around 1 in 20 people in the UK, is the
third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer
deaths in the UK. Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to
reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.
The screening programme is offered nationally from the age of
60-75, and involves a screening kit being sent to home addresses.
Detailed instructions are included on what to do. Once screening
kits have been tested, if a patient had an unclear or abnormal
result they will be invited to retest, or to visit the local
screening centre for a colonoscopy.
The Manchester Screening Centres are based at:
Withington Community Hospital
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an investigation that involves looking directly
at the lining of the large bowel.
You will be offered a sedative and then a thin flexible tube
with a tiny camera attached (a colonoscope) is passed into the back
passage and guided around the bowel.
There is also a light attached which allows the colonoscopist to
see the inside of the bowel on a TV screen.
Sometimes a biopsy may be taken and if polyps are present they
can mostly be removed using a wire loop that is passed down the
colonoscope tube. These specimens are then sent to the laboratory
Patients will be called the day after their colonoscopy, to
ensure they are well and clear on the outcome of the test. They
will then be offered the opportunity to book a post-investigation
appointment to discuss the full results.
This will take place within 7-14 days of the procedure.
We have a dedicated team of consultants who perform colonoscopy
and endoscopy, their details can be found below:
Clinical Director for the Manchester Screening Centre &
Screening Colonoscopist: Dr Alistair Makin
Screening Colonoscopist: Dr Robert Willert
Screening Colonoscopist: Dr Simon Campbell
Screening Colonoscopist: Professor James
Screening Colonoscopist: Mr David Donnelly
Sarah Morgan, Screening Programme Manager, 0161 276 4174
Miriam Chin, Lead Administrator, (0161) 901 8542
For frequently asked questions about the bowel cancer screening
programme, please click here.