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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20338: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) longest and (b) average waiting time has been in each year since 2010-11 for a bowel screening appointment, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 December 2018

There is no backlog or waiting times in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme.

Bowel screening involves taking a simple test at home. Eligible men and women, who are registered with a Community Health Index (CHI) number, are sent a letter and test kit in the post, which is completed at home and returned to the central Scottish Bowel Screening Centre in Dundee.

Once a patient is issued a test kit they will typically be invited to participate in screening again during the same month every 2 years until they are 74.