Bowel Screening



About the screening programme

The Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will invite all men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years who are registered with a GP. It is therefore vital that you inform your doctor’s surgery of your latest address so we can send you regular invitations for screening.

Other eligible individuals who are not registered with a General Practice such as prisoners, armed forces, homeless and individuals in long-stay institutions will also be able to participate.

How will the screening programme be run?

All men and women aged between 50 and 74 will receive a Faecal Occult Blood test (FOBt) kit by post to their home address. The kit is completed at home and returned to the national Bowel Screening Centre for Scotland, which is based in Dundee at King’s Cross Hospital.

The centre tests all the completed screening kits and then notifies:

  • all participants of their results
  • all GP practices of positive FOBt results
  • all NHS Boards of positive results requiring further investigations.


What about those aged 75 and over?

If you are 75 or over you can still participate in this screening programme every two years.  You should phone 0800 0121 883 and the call handler will arrange for a kit to be sent to you.


Additional Information

You can access further information at the following websites;


Bowel Screening Main Site

NHS Inform Bowel Screening

NHS Media Campaign Bowel Screening

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