Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, Southern Hub is based in Guildford in Surrey. It is one of five Hubs in the English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP). The Southern Hub provides a service to the population of NHS England South Regional Team in partnership with 18 Screening Centres and approximately 1,700 General Practices (GPs).

The Southern Hub serves a total population of 15.6 million people living across the South of England. It is hosted by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSCH) and is part of the Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) network. The Hub operates within Public Heath England’s strict standards and guidelines for NHS Screening Programmes.

The Hub is responsible for sending out invitations, test kits, and reminder letters and for the analysis of returned test kits and the result letters. If the returned sample shows that further investigations are required, then we refer the individual to a Specialist Screening Practitioner at their local Screening Centre to discuss how to proceed. We also have Freephone helpline service (0800 707 6060).

Everyone who is registered with a GP and is between the ages of 60-74 inclusive is invited to take part in screening every two years. People are sent a personalised FIT kit to complete at home and return, in the post, to the Southern Hub for testing.

A result letter is sent within 14 days of receipt.

The team operate with around 40 staff including four Biomedical Scientists, four Team Leaders, an experienced Administration Team, and about 30 Screening Officers.

Department contact information

Sally Benton (Hub Director)
Martin Brealey (Hub Manager)


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