Albyn Hospital21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB10 1RW Directions
Mon - Sun: 8am - 9pm
Daily visiting times:
1.00pm to 5.00pm
6.00pm to 8.00pm
Yes - 27 spaces
Our dedicated private bowel screening clinic.
In Scotland, those over the age of 50 will receive a bowel screening test kit through the post by the NHS. Once you return the kit, you'll usually receive the results within 2 weeks. This test is also available at Albyn Hospital, and is open to anyone of any age who may have concerns.
Screening helps to detect certain bowel abnormalities at an early stage, which increases the likelihood of successful treatment. If you have received a positive Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), you will require a colonoscopy.
Bowel cancer, where is starts in the large bowl, is also known as colorectal cancer.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. More than 9 out of 10 people who develop bowel cancer in the UK are over the age of 50.
Most bowel cancers develop when abnormal cells starting to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way and polyps, develop. These may turn into invasive cancer if undetected.
“With bowel cancer, if you catch it early the prognosis is always a lot better” – Dr Malcom Smith, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Albyn Hospital.
Symptoms can include:
Seek medical attention if you notice any persistent symptoms that worry you. Dr Umesh Basavaraju, Consultant Gastroenterologist. at Albyn HOspital says “In symptomatic people it is more likely that the cancer to be at an advanced stage”
Causes of bowel cancer/lifestyle factors:
“On the other hand there are food groups which are thought to be preventative, For example, eating a plant-based diet and also eating a lot of berries – these have a lot of polyphenols in them which are anti-inflammatory in nature and can prevent bowel cancer” – Dr Umesh Basavaraju, Consultant Gastroenterologist.
At the appointment you will be given a date for the colonoscopy. This procedure can usually be performed within 14 days of your first appointment.
You will meet one of our private bowel screening consultants who will carry out the procedure.
The colonoscopy takes place within one of our theatre rooms and will take approximately 45 minutes.
The consultant will be able to give you some preliminary results and may recommend a CT scan. Where possible, this will be performed on the day of the procedure.
The results of any biopsies taken are usually available within two weeks.
*The prices that are shown above are only an estimate and are for self-paying patients. Consultant fees not included. The final cost of your treatment will always be confirmed in writing by after your consultation.
*During the period of January to December 2022, Albyn Hospital received 2,006 completed Inpatient/Day Case patient surveys.
If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.
If you have insurance, we can arrange direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical insurance page.