A new screening service for people who have concerns about bowel cancer will now be able to provide people with a diagnosis within two weeks of their initial appointment.
The new private service at BMI Albyn Hospital on Albyn Place, Aberdeen, is led by a team of expert bowel screeners. This screening service is for individuals who are concerned they may be at risk of bowel cancer. It will provide either that peace of mind or, if the initial test is positive, advise patients about the next steps.
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Umesh Basavaraju explains “timely bowel cancer screening helps in saving lives by early diagnosis of polyps and cancer. If diagnosed early, up to 90% of bowel cancer can be successfully treated”.
The new service at BMI Albyn Hospital uses the same Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) that is part of NHS Scotland’s screening service for all people over the age of 50. Albyn’s new private service is accessible to people of any age who may have concerns, or for individuals who have tested positive on their FIT test. Following this initial test they can access the next stage of diagnosis which is a colonoscopy and potential biopsy at the same time – within a matter of days. 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 the FIT test are returned to the patient within days, and if needed, a colonoscopy and biopsy done just a few days after that. All in all, a person who has concerns today would have the answers they need within a fortnight of their phone call to us. This consultant-led service is created to ensure a fast and responsive diagnosis for those with a risk of bowel cancer.
To make an appointment, call the hospital on 01224 595 993
20th February 2019