Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
The South Devon Bowel Cancer Screening Programme covering Plymouth, Torbay, Teignbridge and the South West has now recovered from the 2020 pause in screening invitations due to Covid, and invitations are now once again being sent within 6 weeks of screening due dates.
The Bowel Scope programme was de-commissioned in 2020 and there will be a gradual expansion of the programme to incorporate 50-59 year olds. South Devon Bowel Cancer Screening Centre commenced this expansion in June 2021 to include 56 year olds - this is the first phase of the roll out of age extension over the next four years, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan 2019.
People invited for bowel scope screening prior to the service being decommissioned, but who were not screened due to the pandemic, were prioritised and all sent an invitation to receive a FIT kit in April 2021.