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Bowel Screening

The Bowel Screening Service is provided by a team of accredited screening colonoscopists supported by specialist nursing staff

The Bowel Screening Service is provided by a team of accredied screening colonscopists supported by specialist nursing staff.

Dr John Silcock - Consultant Gastroenterologist and Screening Centre Clinical Director, Dr Adil Ahmed, Consultant Gastroenterologyst and Clare Westwood, Consultant Nurse Endoscopist.

Adil Ahmed - Consultant GastroenterologistThe Bowel Screening team is also supported by  a team of  Specialist Screening Practitioner and Nurse Endoscopists.

The service was established to provide bowel screening for the local population aged between 60 and 74 years.

An additional service for people aged 55 has recently been introduced for flexible sigmoidoscopy.   

The service is provided from the Trust's Accredited Bowel Screening Centre at Bishop Auckland Hospital and received full JAG Accreditation for this service in 2012.

There are satellite nurse assessment clinics at Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge and Darlington.

The Bowel Screening Programme email address is:

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital