Thursday 8th March 2012

GP Bowel Cancer Education Roadshow

Photo: Francis Daniel, Consultant Oncologist and Bowel Cancer West Director presents to the GP Forum at the education roadshow

On Thursday 8th March, four Consultants at Derriford Hospital and Directors of the Bowel Cancer Directors held an evening GP Educational Bowel Cancer Roadshow event at The Elfordleigh Hotel, Plympton in Plymouth between 6.30-7.30pm.

The event was run by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in conjunction with Bowel Cancer West. The Directors from BCW that presented were Mark Coleman, Gary Minto, Francis Daniel and Andrew Latchford who gave a series of talks followed by question and answer opportunites at the end of each session. The event has been accredited by Royal College of General Practitioners for CPD learning points. for a period of 3 years. Over 50 GPs from around the Devon and Cornwall area attended the event, along colorectal nurse specialists and stoma care nurses from Derriford Hospital, and co-BCW Directors.Further roadshows are planned in the region with particular interest expressed from GPs in the Exeter area. Further details to follow:

The programme included the following:

1.What are the high risk symptoms for Bowel Cancer?
2.What do I need to know about the history of bowel cancer or Polyps?
3.What do I need to know about chemo and radiotherapy for bowel cancer?
4.How do we assess patients for major surgery?
5.What is wrong with the 2 week pathway?

Mark Coleman, Colorectal Consultant at Derriford Hospital comments “There has been a national bowel cancer public awareness campaign running over the last few months, and many of the public will have seen the recent television adverts which the Department of Health have commissioned. Our GP Education Roadshow has given us a great opportunity to engage with GPs in the region and provide an update about referrals from different specialism’s involved in the patient pathway. In addition, Bowel Cancer West has recently run a bowel cancer public awareness day at Derriford this month, and a further public awareness event is planned at Derriford Hospital on Monday 2ndApril.”

If you are a GP and you are interested in attending future bowel cancer education roadshows please register with Laura Langsford on or telephone 01752 439845

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