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Counties Manukau Health Bowel Screening

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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 432If you move house or change your postal address, please contact us to update your address so that your next invitation letter reaches you.


Returning your bowel screening kit

If you are in Waitematā or Counties Manukau, you can return your completed kit in the envelope provided in one of two ways. Either:

1. By posting it, or

2. Dropping it into a Labtest collection centre during opening hours.


 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 every two years. 


  • 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.


Referral Expectations

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.


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

Procedures / Treatments

  • Colonoscopy

    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


Bowel Screening Counties Manukau Team:

  • Cancer Screening Service Manager: Kathy Pritchard
  • Clinical Lead: Dr Adele Melton
  • Service Delivery Manager: Hasitha Samarasinha
  • Surgical Lead: Ms Maree Weston
  • Bowel Screening Nurses: Ashleigh Swindles, Hannah Gleeson and Jacqueline Goulter
  • Endoscopy Lead: Dr Dinesh Lal
  • Histology Leads: Dr Masato Yozu and Dr Susan Bigby
  • Radiology Lead: Dr Devesh Dixit
  • Practice Team Liaison: Sione Kaufusi
  • Community Coordinators: Mere Dewes and TBC
  • Administration Support: Clare Davies

Contact Details

Manukau Surgery Centre

South Auckland

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

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Street Address

901 Great South Road

Postal Address

PO Box 98743
Manukau City 2241

This page was last updated at 10:58AM on November 1, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Bowel Screening.