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BowelScreen launches new endoscopy service at University Hospital Waterford

From 08 December 2020, University Hospital Waterford (UHW) is providing colonoscopy services for BowelScreen participants who have been found to have a ‘not normal’ result from their home FIT test. For people in Ireland’s south-east, their BowelScreen colonoscopy will now take place at UHW.

Welcoming the BowelScreen service, the General Manager of UHW Grace Rothwell said: “This is great news for the south-east, particularly those in the 60-69 year age group who are invited to participate in BowelScreen. University Hospital Waterford is one of eight national cancer centres in Ireland. We already provide histopathology and surgery services for BowelScreen. Partnership with BowelScreen and additional capacity will help us further deliver vital services closer to where people live in the south-east.”

BowelScreen Programme Manager Hilary Coffey Farrell said: “BowelScreen has the potential to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by 36% after 10 years of screening, but only if there is growth in participation of men and women. We are delighted that UHW is joining BowelScreen as a service provider serving the south-east.”

Professor Fiachra Cooke, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, and BowelScreen Clinical Lead at UHW said: “I am pleased to be taking on the responsibility as Clinical Lead for BowelScreen in UHW. We are delighted to provide endoscopy services to BowelScreen patients; yet another tool in our fight to improve the health and well-being of people in Waterford and the south-east.”

Clinical Director of Bowelscreen Professor Pádraic Mac Mathuna said: “Bowel cancer (colorectal cancer) is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in Ireland affecting almost 3,000 people every year.  It is the second most common cause of cancer death in Ireland. If detected at an early or pre-cancer stage, bowel cancer is easier to treat and there is a better chance of cure. The provision of BowelScreen endoscopy services at Waterford is a very welcome addition to cancer prevention in the region as we work to serve the people of the south-east.”

BowelScreen, which offers a home bowel screening tests for approximately 250,000 people each year in Ireland, has detected 930 cancers and detected and removed 25,350 pre-cancerous growths since it began in 2012. These pre-cancerous growths are known as polyps or adenomas, and if left untreated they can develop into bowel cancer.

The programme reminds people aged 60-69 years to check that they are on the register by visiting For other queries, patients can call the BowelScreen freephone information line on 1800 45 45 55 or email


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