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Easy guide to bowel scope screening published

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Today we’ve published our new easy guide to bowel scope screening.

This leaflet aims to ensure that information about bowel screening is equally accessible to people with learning disabilities and anyone who struggles with written English.

An extract from the new easy guide to bowel scope screening
An extract from our new easy guide to bowel scope screening, above, and the front cover, below right

The content is based on the information in our standard national leaflet. We have made it easier to read by writing in clear, simple sentences and using photos and artwork to illustrate each important message.

The easy guide to bowel scope screening explains:

  • why the NHS offers bowel scope screening
  • what to expect on the day of the test
  • the possible benefits and risks

We developed the new resource with the help of our national expert easy read group –  the same group that helped us put together easy read versions of the Screening tests for you and your baby and AAA screening invitation leaflets.

Screening inequalities

Last month, we blogged about screening inequalities and stated how providing better information can help tackle this issue. We also highlighted that people with a learning or physical disability are among those who access screening less. Publishing easy read information is one way we can help reduce inequalities and increase uptake by enabling people to make informed decisions about screening.

Last year, Leicestershire Partnership Trust and Lincolnshire community learning disabilities teams developed a film to help explain bowel scope screening in simple terms.

Our new leaflet follows the same structure as the film and uses still images from it. The 2 resources can be used together to help ensure equal access to screening.

The new easy read version of the bowel scope screening invitation leaflet is available on GOV.UK for local screening providers to download and print out as required.

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