The Scottish Government has taken the decision to temporarily pause the following screening programmes until further notice:
This is due to the rapidly changing situation with coronavirus, its impact on clinical services and the requirement for social distancing.
We have now stopped inviting people for these screening tests and no more tests will be carried out until further notice.
Pregnancy and Newborn Screening programmes will continue where practical – these are tests and scans offered during pregnancy and just after birth.
If you've been screened recently, your results will continue to be processed.
Please see our common questions section for details.
Bowel screening kits
If you have had a bowel screening test kit which you haven’t used yet, keep it safe until we re-start the programme.
Once testing resumes, you can do the test and send it to us.
If you have already completed your bowel screening test kit, return it in the envelope provided.
If you're waiting for a colonoscopy appointment you'll be contacted directly.
When screening re-starts
Please be reassured we'll re-start screening programmes as soon as we can. Coronavirus evidence and information is being reviewed regularly.
When screening re-starts, invitations will be issued and appointments re-arranged.
We'll do everything we can to ensure screening invitations and appointments are prioritised appropriately.
Be symptom aware
Between screening appointments or as you wait for your rescheduled screening appointment, be aware of any symptoms or signs of the conditions we screen for.
Our screening condition pages have symptom details. If you have any of the symptoms contact your GP practice.
For more information, please visit our screening condition pages or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.
Some screening programmes have been temporarily paused during the coronavirus outbreak.
We know you will have some questions about this change and have prepared questions and answers about each affected screening programme.