R-FIT for purpose!

GUTS is pleased to be supporting a research project that is being carried out by Nick Farkas in partnership with colleagues from the Southern Bowel Cancer Screening Hub  in Guildford. The R-FIT Study (Replicate and Repeat Faecal Immunochemical Tests) is examining if repeated FIT tests can lead to a more effective management of symptomatic patients so that colonoscopy follow-ups can be used more selectively. At the moment colonoscopy is standard […]

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Bowel cancer screening extended

The age range for participating in bowel cancer screening  in England is gradually being extended downwards from age 74 to 50.  Now a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit is sent to everyone aged 56 instead of the bowel scope previously offered at this age. This year the Southern Hub in Guildford is commencing sending FIT kits to 58 year olds. Over the next 3-4 years, the NHS in England is […]

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GUTS is Captains Charity for 2022 at Betchworth Park

Both men’s and women’s captains at Betchworth Park Golf Club wanted to support a bowel cancer charity as their Captains Charity for 2022, so happily  for us chose GUTS to benefit from their fundraising activities throughout the year. The Club tee off their fundraising year with a ‘Captain’s Drive In’ on 6th March and will continue to fundraise for GUTS  through various competitions and social events – and importantly, also […]

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Database giving a voice to patients

Colorectal cancer patients will have more say over the management of their symptoms and treatment side-effects, thanks to an innovative project supported by GUTS. The Colorectal Database project is hosted on a platform specifically designed to gather information from patients undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer. Although patient data reported by clinicians is routinely gathered already, this project differs in that it is based on Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMS); the information […]

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Music (and art) in the Walled Garden

Music and painting came together in harmony when The Walled Garden at Loseley Park hosted GUTS popular annual music event.  The music was provided by string quartet The Waynefleet Players playing well-loved pieces of all genres, from Tchaikovsky and Bach to film scores, musicals, and The Beatles, all brought together by wonderful  playing and harmony of sound. The painting meanwhile was courtesy of some local  ‘plein air’ artists. Setting up […]

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CITRuS study harnesses online technology to improve patient experience

CITRuS study harnesses online technology to improve patient experience

A study taking place at the Royal Surrey Hospital is giving Bowel cancer patients more control over the way symptoms and side effects of their treatment are reported and communicated. The CITRuS study is trialling the use of online surveys to collect accurate and regularly-updated information on patients’ symptoms before and after treatment. The responses to these surveys will create an ongoing constantly-updated record of patients’ experiences. This data can […]

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Study makes an impression

A colorectal cancer diagnosis research project sponsored by GUTS is earning well-deserved recognition by publication in several medical journals. The study is authored by Will Maclean working alongside colleagues from the SE Bowel Cancer Screening Hub and the Royal Surrey NHS Trust. The COVID-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented challenge for the healthcare system, dealing with a surge in hospitalizations generated by coronavirus. Across the NHS, elective surgery was postponed, outpatient […]

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Charity’s practical solution to colonoscopy waiting times

A nationwide shortage of medical professionals trained in colonoscopy techniques was impacting on waiting times for patients. We wanted to improve the education and training facilities available to help address this shortage. A £150,000 investment from GUTS provided the latest AV training equipment linking operating theatres and endoscopy suites at the Royal Surrey with MATTU (Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit). Doctors and nurses can see live endoscopic and laparoscopic (‘keyhole’) […]

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