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.
- NICaN Lower GI Suspected Cancer Pathway (June 2021)
- FAQs Primary Care QFIT And NICaN Red Flag referrals (updated 08.08.23)
- Ordering kits and patient leaflets (May 2022)
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 Video – how to complete your FIT test
- Patient leaflets
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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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- Update on qFIT Primary Care – 9th Nov 2021.
- (GPNI) NICaN qFit for Primary Care a Pathway Fit for Purpose If password required please email email@example.com or register to join GPNI mailing list
- Practice Nurses and Managers ‘Get qFIT ready for July Fifth’ | NICaN and GPNI.