Counties Manukau Health Bowel Screening
The National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) is a free programme to help detect bowel cancer.
It is being offered every two years to men and women aged 60 to 74 years who are eligible for publicly funded health care. Information on who is eligible for publicly funded health services is available on the Ministry of Health website or by phoning 0800 924 432.
If you are eligible to take part, you will be sent:
- an invitation letter
- a consent form
- a free bowel screening test kit, with instructions on how to use it.
The test can be done at home and is simple to do. Find out more at Doing the test.
You will be invited to take part in free bowel screening unless you tell us you don’t want to. You can opt out by calling freephone 0800 924 432. If you move house or change your postal address, please contact us to update your address so that your next invitation letter reaches you.
Roll-out timetable For Counties Manukau Health
Counties Manukau Health went live for NBSP in July 2018. Invitations and test kits are sent out from the National Coordination Centre (0800 924 432). Eligible participants will be sent test kits over the next two years. When participants get an invite will be based on their birthdate:
- If their birthday is on an even day, participants will receive their test kit in the 1st year of rollout (2018-2019) in the month of their birthday
- If their birthday is on an odd day, participants will receive their test kit in the 2nd year of rollout (2019-2020) in the month of their birthday
- If they are one of the priority groups (Maaori or Pacific) you can order a test kit for them earlier.
- Everyone aged 73 to 74 will be invited within the 1st or 2nd year of roll out, before they age out of the programme.
- About 5% of participants who return a test kit will have a positive result and require a colonoscopy.
- About 7 in 10 people who have a colonoscopy as part of the NBSP will have polyps, which if removed may prevent cancer developing.
- About 7 in 100 people who have a colonoscopy as part of the NBSP will be found to have cancer and most will require treatment.
Shared Lead Pathologist
Gastroenterologist – Shared Clinical Head
Shared Lead Pathologist
As this is an opt-out programme, men and women aged 60 to 74 years within Counties Manukau will be automatically offered a bowel screening test every two years. If you wish to check your enrolment status and details you can freephone 0800 924 432.
Who should do the test?
Most people aged 60 to 74 years, who are eligible for free public healthcare, can do the bowel screening test. This includes people who are at increased risk of bowel cancer.
If you experience symptoms of bowel cancer (bleeding in your bowel motion or a change to your bowel habits that continues for several weeks), you should see your GP.
Who should not do the test?
Bowel screening is not right for everyone. Participants should not be part of the bowel screening programme if they:
- have symptoms of bowel cancer
- have had a colonoscopy within the last five years
- are on a bowel polyp or bowel cancer surveillance programme
- have had, or are currently being treated for bowel cancer
- have had their large bowel removed
- have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease that is currently active
- are seeing their doctor about bowel problems.
Receiving a FIT test result
Eligible participants will complete, at home, the faecal immunochemical test (FIT), which can detect tiny traces of blood present in the bowel motion. Once the test has been posted and analysed by the bowel screening testing laboratory, an electronic message/result will be sent to their GP, or if no GP is selected to Counties Manukau Health. If the test is negative, a letter will be sent out to the participant and they will be re-invited in 2 years' time if they remain eligible to be on the programme.
If a positive FIT result has been received from the bowel screening testing laboratory, the GP/Practice Nurse will:
- Contact the patient
- Advise the patient of the positive result
- Discuss the implications of the positive result (as they will most likely require a colonoscopy)
- Refer the patient to Counties Manukau Health for a colonoscopy, within ten working days.
Booking in for a colonoscopy
If a positive referral has been received by Counties Manukau Helth, our Bowel Screening Nurse will contact the patient to organise a colonoscopy, explain the procedure and go through a pre-assessment questionnaire with them. The patient will then be sent out a bowel preparation kit to take before their procedure, along with their appointment letter.
Procedures / Treatments
A colonoscopy is an examination that involves using a long flexible tube, which has a tiny camera attached and is small enough to enter via the rectum and travel through the bowel. This enables the doctor to see the inside of your large bowel and examine the surfaces directly and… More
There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet the Eligibility Direction’s specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.
If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical treatment you receive during your stay.
To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website https://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/eligibility-publicly-funded-health-services
Bowel Screening Counties Manukau Team:
- Service Manager: Kathy Pritchard
- Clinical Leads: Ms Maree Weston and Dr Alasdair Patrick
- Surgical Lead: Ms Maree Weston
- Bowel Screening Nurses: Sally Widger and Meghan Moore
- Endoscopy Lead: Dr Dinesh Lal
- Histology Leads: Dr Masato Yozu and Dr Susan Bigby
- Radiology Lead: Dr Devesh Dixit
- Service Delivery Manager: Hasitha Samarasinha
- Practice Team Liaison: Temira Mataroa
- Community Co-ordinators: Mere Dewes and Maika Veikune
- Administration Support: Clare Davies
(09) 277 1641
(09) 250 8046
National Bowel Screening Programme: Freephone 0800 924 432
Our main colonoscopy procedure room is Theatre 25 at Manukau Surgery Centre. CT Colonography procedures are undertaken at:
Manukau Radiology Institute Ltd Building 58, 79 Middlemore Crescent, Otahuhu
MMH Main CT Middlemore Hospital, 100 Hospital Road, Otahuhu
901 Great South Road
901 Great South Road
PO Box 98743
Manukau City 2241
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This page was last updated at 12:06PM on August 7, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Bowel Screening.