Abstract included in BMJ ‘Gut’

Abstract PTU-028 

SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS IN THE CHESHIRE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME WITH A FINDING OF CANCER
doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2013-304907.120

1,*A Bond, 2J Everall, 2I London, K Koss. Gastroenterology, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield; 2Gastroenterology/BCSP, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Crewe, UK

Introduction:
When attending the bowel cancer screening (BSC) programme patients undergo pre-colonoscopy assessment of their symptoms. This is conducted by the specialist screening practitioner for the BCS programme. Following a diagnosis of bowel cancer at colonoscopy the questions were asked again, after a 3–6 month period. Comparison could then be made to assess the validity of the pre-assessment questionnaire. It would also allow us to look at whether patients reported all symptoms during pre-assessment.

Bowel cancer awareness campaign revisited

The Department of Health is launching a repeat of the national bowel cancer awareness campaign next week.
NHS Networks
The Department of Health has published the second national cancer patient experience survey based on feedback from 72,000 inpatient and day case cancer patients.

Beating Bowel Cancer week

23-29 January is Beating Bowel Cancel week and the Staff Library will be launching the first of a series of monthly themed topics.

Working together with the Trust’s MacMillan Cancer Resource Centre, the aim is to raise awareness and signpost staff, students and visitors to a range of quality resources, where they can gain further help and knowledge.

Look out for us next week when we will be out and about.