Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Updated: Mar 18

Patient information on Coronavirus (Covid-19). Please read prior to attending for your appointment.

Do you have any of the following?

  • New and persistent cough

  • Fever (over 37.8°C)

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Shortness of Breath

If the answer is yes please do not attend for your appointment and call the screening centre immediately.

Have you travelled outside of the UK in the last 14 days?

If the answer is yes please do not attend for your appointment and call the screening centre immediately.

Bowel Scope (Flexible Sigmoidoscopy) - This service has been suspended. All appointments have been cancelled and these participants are in the process of being informed of these cancellations. Participants will be contacted to re-book when the service resumes.

FIT Screening - The FIT tests for screening have now been suspended and no further kits will be sent. This will be reviewed on a 2-week basis.

All patients that answer no to the above will have their temperatures taken before their appointment.

We are attempting to contact everyone who has an appointment to confirm if they still wish to proceed or would rather postpone their screening appointments.

It is important to note if you are high risk (listed below) and consider this in your decision making.

All clinic appointments are currently being converted to telephone clinics to save unnecessary travel.

Everyone will have their temperatures taken before their appointment.

We ask ALL patients/ carers/ relatives/ visitors to wash their hands on arrival and use hand sanitizers accordingly. We will ask relatives/ visitors to leave the department unless there is an individual need identified.

Those that are attending may not have complete investigations and it is a clinical decision and discussion with the patient on the risks verses the benefits of removing polyps or leaving them until such time we can bring people back.

The continuation of seeing individuals with positive/ abnormal results will depend on the endoscopy and radiology service we have available. This is changing daily and staff are being briefed for re-deployment to areas of acute need.

Surveillance – all surveillance are being postponed for five months and patients are in the process of being informed. Any patients needing a site check are being reviewed by the screening consultant and decisions to continue based upon clinical judgement.

We appreciate your understanding in this unprecedented time.

I hope this clarifies the position of St. Mark’s Bowel Cancer Screening Centre for the next few months. If there is anything which is unclear and needs clarification please do email the team via or 0208 869 3543.

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Groups are at risk of COVID-19

  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)

  • Chronic (long term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, emphysema or bronchitis

  • Chronic heart disease, such as hepatitis

  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy

  • Diabetes

  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell or if you have had your spleen removed

  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

  • Being seriously overweight (A BMI of 40+)

  • Those who are pregnant

The following people are at a particular high risk:

  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication

  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy

  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment

  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)

  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease


National Bowel Screening Hub Helpline: 0800 707 6060 to order a home-test kit, book an appointment, and general inquiries about bowel screening. Open 9am to 5pm.

St. Mark's Bowel Screening Health Promotion: 020 8869 3376 to speak to the Health Promotion team to arrange a talk, training session or raise awareness

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