qFIT for lower GI symptoms

Introduction of Quantitative Faecal Immunochemical Test (qFIT) and the new NICaN Lower GI Suspected Cancer Pathway

Access to Quantitative Faecal Immunochemical Test (qFIT) is available for use via Primary Care. NICaN recommend that qFIT is carried out where possible on all patients with new lower GI symptoms as part of initial investigation in general practice. In conjunction with the availability of qFIT in primary care, NICaN has amended the Lower GI Suspected Cancer criteria/pathway. Information developed to support GP practices with the implementation of qFIT and the amended red flag criteria/pathway is available below.

GP information

NOTE: please ensure patients use the correct kit. There are Key differences in the use of FIT screening vs symptomatic . Symptomatic test kits have a blue top, screening test kits have a white top. It is important that symptomatic kits are enclosed with the correct request form.

Patient information

Information for staff providing kits to patients

For patients with symptoms always ensure a symptomatic kit (blue top) is used . Please ensure relevant details are completed on the Biochemistry Form. 

If individuals contact your  practice to request a replacement screening test they should be advised to contact the Freephone Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline on 0800 015 2514 and a replacement screening kit will be issued.

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