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Lakes DHB Bowel Screening

Public Service, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver), Oncology


The National Bowel Screening Programme is free for men and women aged 60 to 74 years. It aims to save lives by finding bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated.

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 may be eligible to receive a kit earlier. Call 0800 924 432 for further information.

Roll-out for Lakes DHB

Lakes DHB was the first DHB in the Midland region to take part in the National Bowel Screening Programme, joining in February 2019.

Lakes has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the country and New Zealand has some of the highest rates in the world, so the programme is particularly valuable for communities, individuals and their families/whānau in the Rotorua, Taupō and Tūrangi areas.


Referral Expectations

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.

Those people who are eligible will receive an invitation letter, home testing-kit and consent form through the mail.

Eligible participants will receive their first invitation within two years of the programme starting. This will include:

  • an invitation letter
  • a consent form
  • a free bowel screening test kit, with instructions on how to use it

Positive results are communicated by the participant’s local GP. Providers will manage referrals and encourage, educate and support patients to undergo a colonoscopy.

If further treatment is required, providers will work in partnership with Lakes DHB to ensure prompt and appropriate treatment for patients. People with negative results will be invited every two years, until they reach 75 years of age, to participate in the programme again.


All tests and treatment are free for eligible people (those entitled to receive public healthcare, and who are not currently receiving treatment, or under surveillance for bowel cancer.)

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is the examination of your colon (large bowel) using a colonoscope (long, flexible tube with a camera on the end).… More


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Contact Details

Freephone 0800 924 432

Sarah Doyle - Colorectal Nurse Specialist NBSP - Phone (07) 348 1199 ext 8142

Corner Arawa Street and Pukeroa Road
New Zealand

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Corner Arawa Street and Pukeroa Road
New Zealand

Postal Address

Rotorua Hospital
Private Bag 3023
Rotorua Mail Centre
Rotorua 3046

This page was last updated at 4:12PM on December 16, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Bowel Screening.