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Anna Benton first Nurse Endoscopist accredited with the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme across the south coast

Date: 06 February 2020

Anna Benton

We would like to congratulate Anna Benton, Advanced Endoscopy Nurse Practitioner, who has recently become accredited as a Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) Colonoscopist, which up to now could only be performed by Consultants who were accredited BCSP Colonoscopists within the Trust. 

A colonoscopy is a test to check the inside of your bowel and under the BCSP it is to screen for polyps and cancer. 

With the introduction of the new FIT test for the BCSP for people aged 60-75 years, there is an increase in positive tests, leading to an increase in demand for screening Colonoscopies. 

With this in mind, Anna’s accreditation allows her to see patients in a more timely manner, and therefore receiving better quality of care. Anna says: “The Consultants are usually busy on the wards so for me to be able to see patients means it relieves their workload and also gives patients timely care.” 

Anna is the first Nurse Endoscopist on the south coast, with only several nationally, to have this accreditation and is a great achievement for the Solent BCSP, who are based at QA Hospital. 

“I am so pleased and relieved to have passed,” Anna notes. “It was a hard examination process so I am very proud to have passed and now give patients the option to see a female Endoscopist.” 

Well done Anna! #ForPatients

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