Deveopments within colorectal care
qFIT Pilot Study
The qFIT pilot study, led by the UCLH Cancer Collaborative, is the largest pilot in the UK and will evaluate whether a cheap qFIT test could be a reliable ‘rule-out’ test of colorectal cancer in primary care for patients with suspicious lower abdominal symptoms. The qFIT test could help stem the increasing need for endoscopy resources and will support NICE guidelines for colorectal cancer, offering a cheap and reliable test as a decision tool for colorectal investigation. Some practices in Camden have signed up to be part of this pilot.
Bowel scope screening for colorectal cancer
In Quarter 4 of 2017, the UCLH launched a programme for a one-off bowel scope, or flexible sigmoidoscopy. UCLH and Whittington are currently carrying these out. This bowel scope will be offered to those aged 55 to look for and remove any polyps, thus eliminating any potential cancerous growths. Practices will be invited to take part as the programme progresses. Screening nurses are happy to visit practices to provide education and can be contacted on 020 3447 3202.