A NEW ground-breaking technology to detect bowel cancer is being used today at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire are the latest Health Boards to open clinics as part of the SCOTCAP programme.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s clinic opened today (16 December) at the NHS Louisa Jordan. Clinicians from NHS Lanarkshire examined patients at NHS Louisa Jordan, using a tiny camera inside a pill on 11 December. Scotland’s Colon Capsule Endoscopy Service (SCOTCAP) clinics will help detect bowel cancer earlier and cut waiting times.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer globally and has a very high incidence in Scotland. Around 70,000 people undergo colonoscopy treatment in Scotland each year. The roll-out of Scotland’s Colon Capsule Endoscopy Service (SCOTCAP) across Scotland has been accelerated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will help Health Boards tackle the backlog of patients, reduce waiting times and ensure patients get either relief or a vital diagnosis. Scottish Government is backing the programme, which uses Colon Capsule Endoscopy (CCE) technology to deliver clinical benefits, streamline service delivery and positively transform patient experience.
NHS Lanarkshire are hosting their Colon Capsule Endoscopy clinics at NHS Louisa Jordan and University Hospital Monklands, while NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde patients will attend NHS Louisa Jordan.
Professor Colin McKay, Chief of Medicine, North Sector, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:
“Colon capsule endoscopy will make an important contribution to large bowel investigation as our services recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This exciting development will help cut waiting times and will mean that many patients will avoid the need for more invasive tests.”
Mr Ans Khan, NHS Lanarkshire Associate Medical Director said: “We are excited to offer this new diagnostic procedure to people with suspected colonic conditions.
“Colon capsule endoscopy is suitable for many patients as a painless alternative to conventional colonoscopy. It enables us to conveniently explore the entire colon and can help us to detect or exclude cancer more quickly, as well as reducing the waiting time for colonoscopies.”
The new approach was jointly developed between the public sector and Industry through an Innovation Partnership and approved following the largest evaluation in the UK to date. That involved nearly 450 patients across three Health Boards and has been championed by clinical lead Professor Angus Watson of NHS Highland. The evaluation was led by Scotland’s Digital Health & Care Institute, sponsored by the Scottish Government and delivered by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS). Industry partners from Medtronic, CorporateHealth International and the Health Boards also played a vital role.
In the coming months the new service will progressively be made available to patients in all Health Board areas in Scotland.
Notes to editors
- The ScotCap Test is a new procedure which is being introduced across NHS health boards in Scotland as an alternative to a traditional colonoscopy
- Around 70,000 people in Scotland undergo colonoscopy treatment each year
- The ScotCap test is a capsule which you swallow, and it contains 2 tiny cameras inside. The cameras take pictures of the lining of the bowel to look for any problems or signs of disease. This test can be used instead of a colonoscopy
- For further background information, visit https://www.dhi-scotland.com/projects/scotcap/
- For further information of SCOTCAP visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/tests-and-treatments/non-surgical-procedures/colon-capsule-endoscopy/
- The Evaluation phase of the SCOTCAP programme was shortlisted for the Innovation Award, sponsored by NHS Research Scotland and Scottish Health Innovations Ltd at the Scottish Health Awards 2020.