Rapid Access Bowel Cancer Service

Bowel cancer (sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer) is the third most common cancer in men and women in the UK.

Why choose us?

Led by expert colorectal cancer surgeons, the service can guarantee an appointment with a consultant within two working days, and initial investigations (where appropriate) within five working days. By reducing the time from referral to investigation and diagnosis, we ensure a fast diagnosis for all of our patients. The outcomes from treatment can be significantly improved if the cancer is diagnosed and treated early.


Through our Rapid Access Bowel Cancer Service you will be seen by our expert colorectal surgeons who will advise on the most appropriate diagnostic tests or procedures. We use the latest screening technologies in line with best clinical practice to provide patients with access to a fast and comprehensive diagnosis.

Our service

We aim to offer an appointment within two working days. After an initial assessment, you may require further investigations such as blood tests, endoscopy (flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy) or CT virtual colonography. Other investigations occasionally performed include MRI scanning, ultrasound scanning and endoscopic evaluation of the upper gastrointestinal tract. We also offer these assessments to patients who are concerned about a family history of bowel cancer. If you are diagnosed with cancer you will be looked after by a multidisciplinary team of specialists including surgeons, oncologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Watch our video to find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer and how it is diagnosed.

Our locations

All consultations and investigations will be carried out at our Sydney Street outpatients and diagnostics centre and The Lister Hospital, which was recently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. Both are located in the heart of Chelsea.

How to refer

If you suspect yourself or a relative has bowel cancer, you can call our dedicated referral line or complete our online appointment form.

020 7730 8298

Referral to the service can also be made via your GP.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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