Liverpool University Hospitals hosts both Liverpool and Wirral Bowel Cancer Screening and Merseyside and North Cheshire Bowel Cancer Screening programmes.

NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer.

The programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 54 to 74. People over 75 can request a screening kit by calling a free phone helpline 0800 707 6060.

If you take part in screening and complete a FIT test (poo sample test), and the sample is found to have traces of blood, you will be invited to your local screening programme for further investigation and tests. There are many reasons you could have a positive result.

If your sample is found to have traces of blood you might be asked to visit the hospital for a colonoscopy – a high standard of endoscopy, where a thin tube with a camera inside is passed into your bottom to look for signs of bowel cancer.

We provide colonoscopy for the traditional FIT screening test (poo kits) for people aged 54 to 74. It is anticipated that this will further reduce to age 50 years in 2024.

More information

Liverpool University Hospitals host two services:

Merseyside and North Cheshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

(situated at Aintree University Hospital)

This covers Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Warrington, Halton, South Sefton, Southport and Formby. 

Screening colonoscopy is also offered at St Helens and Knowsley and from Warrington and Halton Hospital sites allowing patients to be investigated closer to their home.

The Merseyside and North Cheshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme office is based at:

Aintree University Hospital, Lower Ln, Fazakerley, Liverpool L9 7AL

Patients can choose to have their investigation at:

  • Aintree University Hospital, Lower Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool L9 7AL
  • St Helens Hospital, Marshalls Cross Road, St. Helens, WA9 3DA
  • Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane, Warrington WA5 1QG
  • Halton General Hospital, Hospital Way, Palacefields, Runcorn, WA7 2DA

Liverpool and Wirral Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

(situated at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital)

This is the bowel cancer screening service for south and central Liverpool, the whole of Wirral and the part of Knowsley (west of the M57 motorway).

As well as at the Royal Liverpool, screening colonoscopy is also offered at St Helens hospital and Arrowe Park hospital sites allowing patients to be investigated closer to their home.

The Liverpool and Wirral Bowel Cancer Screening Programme office is based at:

Derwent House, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP

Patients can choose to have their investigation at:

  • Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP
  • Arrowe Park Road, Upton, Wirral, CH49 5PE
  • St Helens Hospital, Marshalls Cross Road, St. Helens, WA9 3DA

How the service works

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