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Blodwyn Pig

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #150 on: March 26, 2021, 07:09:05 pm »
(over 75 so it doesn't come automatically), very easy

Just saw this ^^ and had visions on poking a stick up there to get a sample and help it on its way, then, of course, I re-read it.  ::-)

Well, if there's anything to be found there Blod old chum, you're the one to find it  ;D

ah! yes, well, I only pick up useful things...... ;)

Pingu

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #151 on: March 30, 2021, 09:46:14 pm »
Got the test kit today. Only seven years behind schedule  :thumbsup: The apparatus is rather more dinky than what we got when I worked in a water treatment works (think teaspoon and a test tube).

barakta

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #152 on: March 30, 2021, 11:50:35 pm »
A friend of mine is about to issue legal proceedings against Dept of Health... Cos when they send out poosticks they don't check the Visual Impairment register (which is a thing) so send out instructions blind people can't follow and don't offer alternatives. They could be sending emails offering a GP surgery nurse administered alternative.

I know how impossible it is to get a Covid test if blind and can't self-administer (watching the buck passing was painful), I can't imagine a bowel screening alternative is much better.

I expect friend will succeed, he's responsible for a fair bit of legislation that bolsters disabled people's right to access case.

Wowbagger

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #153 on: April 01, 2021, 12:11:57 pm »
I can't do that without a tardis!

Had a conversation with younger daughter today - she works for Cancer Research UK. She was telling me that bowel cancer is the third biggest killer in the UK, after breast and lung. From what I understand the polyps take about 50* years to develop and if you have the flexible sigmoidoscopy at 55 any they find will be removed and you won't need it done again. CRUK are currently pressurising the government to introduce these tests a a matter of course, to be followed up with the sort of test that I have done this week. It is estimated that incidences of bowel cancer will be reduced by 50% if FS becomes universal.

*I think this may be wrong and a result of me mishearing her - she was speaking to me from Melbourne. I think 15 is more likely.

I've been re-reading this thread. It's fascinating.

I've quoted the above because, in a recent conversation with the same daughter (she now lives in Melbourne and runs the Victoria State skin cancer awareness campaign), she told me that the government dropped the proposal to introduce universal flexible sigmoidoscopy for 55 year olds. She reckons that it would have been the most cost-effective cancer screening programme anywhere in the world.
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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #154 on: April 30, 2021, 07:53:45 pm »
A small package has arrived...   I'll wait until after the weekend to return it....
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Jaded

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #155 on: May 01, 2021, 12:07:49 am »
I've got my black lizard riding letter!  :thumbsup:
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Regulator

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #156 on: May 01, 2021, 07:39:46 am »
I have just had a letter.


"The NHS is no longer offering bowel scope screening services across England and is extending the home testing programme from April 2021. We would therefore like to invite you to receive the home testing kit, called a FIT kit. 


Like a bowel scope a FIT kit can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms. It's a simple way to find out if you need further tests.  Around 2 in every 100 people who return  a kit may need further investigations such as a colonoscopy.


You will receive your home testing kit in the post after April 2021 and we will contact you again before sending it to you. We will also provide you with information to help you decide whether to take part in FIT screening."


Best available option under pandemic conditions or cost cutting ?


Edit:


https://twitter.com/CSPRG_Imperial/status/1350182599092793344?s=20


https://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2021/01/14/bowel-scope-screening-to-stop-in-england/


I’m not sure that it’s cost-cutting.   The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has recommended reducing the number of asymptomatic bowel scopes being done.  They believe the clinical risks of asymptomatic scoping may outweigh the benefits.   Their view is that scoping should only happen if there are clinical indications - such as a ‘positive’ poo stick. 
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Jaded

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #157 on: May 01, 2021, 07:51:08 am »
So what happens to all the endocsopists and endoscopy suites?
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Regulator

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #158 on: May 01, 2021, 08:38:12 am »
So what happens to all the endocsopists and endoscopy suites?

They won’t go to waste.  We still need them and the NHS was low on capacity anyway (it used a lot of private scope capacity). 

If anyone is interested, this is the guidance from the AMRC:  https://www.aomrc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/EBI_list2_guidance_150321.pdf. (See pages 38-43).
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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #159 on: May 01, 2021, 08:49:45 am »
You misundstand  the intent behind Jaded's enquiry. This was not an expression of concern for the loss of an NHS service.

He was hoping some  redundant equipment might become available for his own use.  ;)

Jaded

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #160 on: May 01, 2021, 11:26:58 am »
Indeed.

There are people in the locality that would benefit from a probing.
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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #161 on: May 01, 2021, 12:16:21 pm »
Recently returned my second test.  I have to say that the latest system is not as easy to use as the previous one.  Juggling a small plastic container with a tight fitting lid while holding a handfull of.....

Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #162 on: May 01, 2021, 01:56:51 pm »
Recently returned my second test.  I have to say that the latest system is not as easy to use as the previous one.  Juggling a small plastic container with a tight fitting lid while holding a handfull of.....

May I humbly suggest that if you're holding a handful of... product... your process could do with some improvements?

hellymedic

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Re: Poo sticks
« Reply #163 on: May 01, 2021, 03:35:48 pm »
You only need to coat a stick with a thin layer of poo.

If I can do this, so can most!