Project information

GUTS Endoscopy Training Unit

Early diagnosis is crucial in improving the UK's poor bowel cancer survival rates but currently there is a shortage of clinicians trained to undertake endoscopic examinations and procedures. GUTS wants to tackle this problem by establishing and equipping a new specialist training centre.

3 years

Charity information: GUTS - Fighting Bowel Cancer

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  • Need


    Caught early, bowel cancer survival rates are very high, which is why the national screening programme was introduced. Unfortunately, there are too few trained endoscopy clinicians for the numbers of people who have positive results from the inital screening. This can mean delays in diagnosis, which may in turn affect the success of any treatment.


    Increasing the numbers of doctors and nurses able to carry out endoscopic procedures will streamline the diagnosis and treament of bowel cancers, thus improving survival rates. Based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, the unit will potentially be available for training for clinicians from across the UK.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build and equip an endoscopy training facility at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.


    » Involve local community and supporters in awareness rasing activities and fundraising.
    » Extend fundrasing to involve wider support across the south of England (where the benefit is likely to be most sigificant).
    » Approach charitable trusts for support.
    » Approach business commiunity for support - in particular those involved in the development of medical equipment

    Through the completion of the unit and seeing it in use.

  • Impact


    The short term success will be demonstrated by the numbers of clinicians receiving training at (or via) the unit. In the medium term, the numbers of people experiencing delays in diagnosis and treatment should drop(although other factors may affect this). In the longer term this will have a positive effect on bowel cancer survival rates by improving early diagnosis and treatment.


    The project will require significant funds; being unable to sustain the momentum of fundraising could jeoparise its success. The project's fundraising strategy will have achievable, benchmarked targets to ensure progress and invigorate the campaign at significant junctures.


    Using a variety of communications - regular newsletter and e-newsletter, via local press, campaign updates and by letter to individual donors and trusts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,675,000 Building Building and project management
      £950,000 Equipment Teaching/medical/IT equipment and infrastructure
      £375,000 Facilities Furnishing/HR cost for 2 years
  • Background


    The facility will be sited at the Royal Surrey county Hospital, Guildford. The hospital is a centre for bowel cancer treatment for patients from across the south of England.


    The facility will be available for health authorities from across the UK and potentially internationally. Bowel cancer is a disease that affects people across all social demographics but is most likely to present in those aged 50 and over. Endoscopy is a diagnosis undertaken either as a follw-up to routine screening on when symptoms initiate a GP referral.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    GUTS initiatiated a bowel cancer screening programme back in 1983 and has since raised funds and campaigned to improve the screening, detection and treatment of bowel cancer with the aim of improving survival rates. Our trustees number eminent surgeons in the field, and the Professor who was responsible for setting up the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, so we have a wealth of expertise and knowledge in this area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Iain Jourdan, Chairman, GUTSfbc

    Director of Surgery at Royal Surrey County Hospital, will be leading project committee.