Aberdeen Bowel Screening Service


At BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen, our designated bowel screening service provides fast assessment and diagnosis by our multi-disciplinary screening team, led by our Consultant bowel screeners.

Who is this service for?

In Scotland, those over the age of 50 will receive a bowel screening test kit through the post from the NHS. Once you return the kit, you’ll usually receive the results within 2 weeks.

Screening helps to detect bowel cancer early, which increases the likelihood of successful treatment. If you have received a positive Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), you will require further investigations to determine if you have bowel cancer. The main investigation you will require is a colonoscopy.

BMI Albyn can provide:

  • Fast access to the colonoscopy procedure within a week.
  • A team of accredited bowel screening consultants to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Price package to include initial assessment, colonoscopy and treatment plan.

What does the service involve?

You will be given an appointment to be reviewed by one of our nursing team to assess your suitability for the colonoscopy, and to discuss what the procedure will entail. 

At the appointment you will be given a date for the colonoscopy. This procedure can usually be performed within the same week of your first appointment.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure that looks at the inside of your large bowel (colon) using a tiny camera. If the consultant finds anything of concern during the procedure, they can perform a biopsy (removing small pieces of tissue) to help make a diagnosis. At times more than one biopsy can take place. Sometimes a polyp (small growth) is the cause of the problem and the consultant may be able to remove it during the procedure. The results of any biopsies taken are usually available within 2 weeks.

What to expect on the day of your colonoscopy

You will meet one of our accredited bowel screening consultants who will carry out the procedure. 

The colonoscopy takes place within one of our theatre rooms and will take approximately 45 minutes.

There are occasions when the consultant may be able to give you some preliminary results and they may recommend a scan (CT scan). Where possible, this will be performed on the day of the procedure.

The results of any biopsies taken are usually available within 2 weeks.

For further information on this service please call the hospital on 01224 577400 or make an online enquiry.