Stockport medical practice wins gold award for bowel cancer screening

Beech House Medical Practice in Stockport is the first practice to win the Gold Healthy Bowel Promoting Practice Award for actively promoting and increasing the uptake of bowel cancer screening with their patients.

The award, run by Greater Manchester (GM) Bowel Movement was presented to the team on Monday 27 November by Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Hayley Taylor Cox, Cancer Lead for Stockport Metropolitan Council.

The Gold award recognises the practice's commitment and dedication, to ensuring that men and women aged between 60 and 74 years are fully informed of the screening programme and aware of the early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK today, affecting around 1 in 19 women and 1 in 14 men. According to Cancer Research UK, there are now more than 41,900 new cases of bowel cancer being diagnosed every year; however 98% of people diagnosed early will survive.

The Greater Manchester (GM) Bowel Movement team aims to raise awareness of the screening programme to ensure early diagnosis. Free training is offered to GPs and doctors across Greater Manchester to help medical practices effectively support patients with information about the screening process and screening kit.

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Joanne Street, Assistant Practice Manager for Beech House Medical Practice said: “We are very proud to receive the award. The team at Beech House have gone above and beyond in trying to raise awareness of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. It has enabled us to support our patients and encourage participation.

“Thank you to Carole Hill for her support throughout.  As a team we see this as a long term commitment and will continue to build upon the success we have seen so far.”

Carole Hill, a Health Improvement Practitioner, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme said: “Beech House have worked hard to achieve the first Gold Healthy Bowel Promoting Practice Award. The team have been dedicated in ensuring their patients are fully informed about bowel screening, and are committed to promoting this valuable screening process.

“Providing training to the staff at Beech House was important as we know that GP endorsement has a significant impact in both raising awareness of the screening programme and also influencing patients to participate in the screening process.

“It has been fantastic to award the team for all their efforts in encouraging patients."

For more information or to arrange training, please contact the GM Bowel Cancer Screening Team on:

0161 621 7201 or visit:



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