Project information

Bottoms Up!

Bowel cancer causes around 16000 deaths annually in the UK and late detection of the disease is the biggest barrier to reducing this figure. GUTS is aiming to reduce the number of late diagnoses by establishing an endoscopy training centre.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: GUTS - Fighting Bowel Cancer

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  • Need


    The shortage of clinicians trained in endoscopic procedures can hold up diagnosis of bowel cancer, ultimately costing lives as effective treatment becomes problematic. This first stage of the project will kick start the appeal for 2016 and beyond by enabling GUTS to secure a suitable site and draw up the plans that will be the first step to turning our vision into a reality.


    We aim to eventually provide a facility that provide training both on-site and remotely, available to train health professionals from across the UK. The UK National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme has been a real success but as the numbers of positive results requiring follow-up endoscopic examinations grows, so the shortage of trained clinicians becomes more acute.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Secure a site and draw up plans for the training facility.


    » Involve our long term supporters in a pre-Christmas appeal which will include direct mail and face-to-face activities and events.
    » Involve the wider community through a bowel cancer awareness campaign through local media and health forums.

    Securing the site (which we expect to be within Royal Surrey County Hospital grounds) and producing the plans which will be available for public examination on the GUTS website.

  • Impact


    The medium and long-term success will be measured by the numbers of people the facility trains, which should should eventually have a positive effect on bowel cancer survival rates.


    The main risk at this stage is that hospital would be unable to find a suitable site for the project. This is unlikely but if it did happen we would be able to rent accommodation in nearby Surrey University premises, where the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit is already sited.


    Through regular project updates on our website, email communications and our printed newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 site identifying and securing the site
      £5,000 planning architectural planning
  • Background


    Royal Surrey County Hospital, which has a already reputation for laparoscopic surgery, bowel cancer screening and colonoscopy.


    Bowel Cancer most commonly affects people in late middle age from all social strata. The training unit will be available for health authorities across the UK so the potential benefit is wide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    GUTS has been at the forefront of bowel cancer screening since 1981, when it introduced a screening programme through local GP surgeries. Since then we have worked to improved awareness, treatment and care for patients and their families, and we currently run a colon cancer family clinic for the benefit of local families that may be at greater risk of bowel cancer but are outside the age range for the national screening programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Iain Jourdan MA, MChir, FRCS

    Iain is the charity's chairman and also Director of Surgery at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and will head up the appeal and liaise with the RSCH.