If your GP thinks you may have a bowel problem, they will refer you to hospital. You will get an appointment for an outpatient clinic where the specialist may decide you need one or more of the following tests:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Virtual colonoscopy (CT colonoscopy)
- Barium enema
Or you may have been advised to have one or more of these tests after taking part in the bowel cancer screening programme.
You can find out more about all of these tests and what to expect in our guide to flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy.
The specialist may repeat some of the tests that you had at the GP surgery. They may also ask you the same questions about your general health, your symptoms and your family history.
You should get your test results in about two weeks. Your family and friends can be a great support during this stressful time. If you have any questions or are worried about anything, speak to your GP.
You may want to take someone with you to your hospital appointments to help you remember what has been said. You could also take along a list of questions that you want to ask and a pen to write down the answers. This can help you remember the information once you get home.
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Updated March 2016. Due for review March 2018