What is a Faecal Immunochemical Test?


What is a Faecal Immunochemical Test?

What is a Faecal Immunochemical Test?

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A Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT Test) detects small amounts of blood in your poo, which you would not normally see or be aware of.

Your GP may arrange it if you have bowel/tummy symptoms such as pain, discomfort or changes in bowel habit.

How do I collect my sample?

Collecting your sample is very simple and hygienic. Only a small amount of poo is needed for the test.

Follow the instructions on the back of this leaflet.

What do I do with my collected sample?

Please return the samples to your GP practice as soon as possible, ideally within 2 working days of doing the test. They will then be sent to the laboratory at your local hospital for testing.

Please return your samples with this return slip. 

What happens after I have done my FIT test?

Results of your FIT test will be sent to your doctor. Your follow-up will depend on your test results as follows:-

    • –  You will be contacted by the hospital with an appointment for further investigations within thefollowing 2 weeks. OR
    • –  You will be contacted by the hospital to arrange a clinic appointment OR
    • –  You will be contacted by your GP by telephone and/ or letter

What do I do if I don’t get any calls or letters?

If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of your GP consultation, please contact your GP surgery.

What if my symptoms persist?

Please contact your GP surgery.


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