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Bowel Cancer Screening

The Wolverhampton Bowel Cancer Screening Centre based at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, was chosen to spearhead the first screening centre under the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and covers the eligible population of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and the peninsula of South Staffordshire. 

The service provides several new patient and surveillance clinics weekly, spread across the catchment area. The colonoscopy screening and bowel scope procedures are completed at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, Cannock Chase Hospital, Cannock, and Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley.

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74 who are registered with a GP. The Screening Programme aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment is likely to be more effective.

Residents in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation through the post, then their FOB screening kit, so they can complete the test in the privacy of their own home. Your GP will provide your contact details, so it is important that they are kept up to date with any changes.

For further information please visit the Royal Wolverhampton Trust website or the related links section of this page.

Contact the freephone Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline number provided below.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline
0800 7076060
Bowel Cancer Screening

Where to go

Beynon Centre
Zone C, Location C40
New Cross Hospital
West Midlands
WV10 0QP

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm

Other Details


Age Ranges
Men and Women aged 60 to 74
Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals are dependent upon the FOB screening test kit results.

A Normal Result

A normal result means that blood was not found in your test sample. A normal result does not guarantee that you do not have or will never develop bowel cancer in the future. You will be offered bowel cancer screening again in two years. In between this time it is im-portant to be aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer.

An Unclear Result

An unclear result means there was a slight suggestion of blood in your FOB test sample. An unclear result does not mean you have cancer just that you have to repeat the FOB test. This is necessary because polyps and cancers do not bleed all of the time, and it is important to find out whether or not there is blood in your stools. Most people who repeat the test will then receive a normal result.

An Abnormal Result

An abnormal result shows that blood may have been found in your FOB test sample - it is not a diagnosis of cancer, but it does mean that you will be offered a colonoscopy or an alternative investigation to examine the bowel. The abnormal result may have been caused by bleeding from bowel polyps, rather than a bowel cancer. If you receive an abnormal result, you will be offered an appointment with a specialist nurse to discuss having a more detailed examination of your bowel to see whether or not there is a problem that may need treatment.

Record Last Updated on: 06/12/2023

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