Taking the bowel screening test

You will be sent a kit to test yourself at home. It’s a clean, simple way for you to put small samples of your bowel motion (poo) on a special card which is then posted safe, secure and free of charge to the Bowel Screening Centre laboratory for testing.

There is a helpful leaflet available, providing a quick and easy to read guide of how to take your test.

You can also watch the short film The Bowel Screening Test, Everything You Need To Know to learn how to to carry out the test below.

The test looks for hidden blood in your bowel motion (poo), as this could mean a higher chance of bowel cancer.

You might think that doing the test sounds a bit embarrassing. Don’t worry – the test is easy to take and requires only three visits to the toilet to complete and return.

If you are unsure about anything, contact the Bowel Screening Centre Helpline 0800 0121 833 (textphone 18001 0800 0121 833) or email bowelscreening.tayside@nhs.net. Trained staff are available to answer any questions you may have.

There is also a voicemail service if no one is available to take your call. Every call is dealt with in strict confidence. Just leave a message and a member of staff will return your call.

Test results

Your test results will be sent to you within two weeks.

Bowel Cancer Awareness

The Scottish Government recently launched a Detect Cancer Early Bowel Screening campaign in order to improve cancer survival rates by increasing the number of Scots diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease.

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Last updated: 10 October 2016