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April 2016 newsletter

Launch of a bowel scope information DVD for people with learning disabilities
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Early detection of it is paramount to help save lives.

Bowel scope screening is a one-off test offered to men and women at the age of 55. This is a new type of screening programme that is gradually being rolled out across England, to help save lives.

To have procedures like this patients need the right information to make an informed choice: understanding the procedure, the benefits, and any associated risks. With this in mind, NHS England (Central Midlands) has worked collaboratively with the Leicestershire and Lincolnshire bowel screening programmes, learning disability teams and people with learning disabilities, to develop a bowel scope screening information DVD resource. This will help those with learning disabilities (including their parents and carers) understand bowel scope screening, providing the key messages in an accessible format helping as many people as possible.

The DVD will be launched during bowel cancer awareness month - April 2016 - in Lincoln on 27 April and in Leicester on 29 April. Following both launches the DVD will be made widely available.

For further information on the launch please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Transfer of delivery of the East Midlands Cervical Screening Sample Taker Database from NHS Shared Business Services to Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Kettering Cytology Laboratory Department has taken on a new role: to ensure all patients are called and recalled for cervical screening appropriately, by issuing cervical screening sample numbers to sample takers and providing a regional sample taker database support service.

The cytology laboratory has worked collaboratively with the previous provider, NHS England and key stakeholders to ensure a seamless transfer of the service, which went live on 1 April.

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme should not notice any difference in the level of service they receive.

Applications for a sample taker number should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or be posted to: Regional Sample Taker Database Support Service, Cytology Department. Cellular Pathology, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8UZ

Patients should not be affected by these changes.

Transfer of Lincolnshire Cytology Work to the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the incidence of, and mortality from, cervical cancer by delivering a systematic, quality assured population-based screening programme for eligible women.

The programme invites eligible women for screening six months before their 25th birthday, then at three-yearly intervals between the ages of 25 and 49 years. Thereafter, between the ages of 50 and 64, women are invited at five-yearly intervals.

Previously all cervical cytology samples were processed and reported by the North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Following a cervical cytology laboratory tendering process, held in 2015, the contract was awarded to the Derby Cytology Department at the Royal Derby Hospital in December 2015.

Derby Cytology Department worked collaboratively with the previous provider, NHS England Commissioners and key stakeholders to ensure a seamless transfer of the cytology service to the Derby Cytology Laboratory on 1 April.

No patients should be affected by this transfer,

For further information on screening, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Screening and Immunisation Manager (Central Midlands)