Clinicians and health organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have introduced a new approach to testing bowel problems, with the aim of speeding up diagnosis for patients.

Previously, patients with symptoms that could indicate bowel cancer were all referred, by their GP, to University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust (UHL) for a colon scan. This involves the use of dye and X-rays to examine the inside of the bowel. However, some patients are now being given an initial simple test that they can carry out in the privacy of their own home.

New, simpler test introduced for patients with bowel problems