The programme will introduce a new improved home test kit for screening from April 2018. It is call a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) and it will replace the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt). It’s important that GPs and others working in primary care understand this change to the screening programme and its implications for their patients, so here is a brief summary.
Dr Jim McMorran
Jim is a GP in a busy urban practice in Coventry and editor for GPnotebook. He is also community clinical lead for his clinical commissioning group (CCG). He has been working with the NHS screening programmes to help to bring a primary care perspective to developments in screening.
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