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What is a Faecal Occult Blood
(FOB) test?

The presence of faecal occult blood in the stool is associated with gastrointestinal disorders that may lead to colorectal cancer if not treated. Early diagnosis by FOB screening has been shown to significantly reduce mortality in colorectal cancer. It will yield a positive or negative result. When you get your pre-assessment bloods taken, the nurse/phlebotomist will give you a home FOB test kit. We ask you to carry out this test at home, before your health screen for your comfort and convenience. When you come to the Hermitage Clinic for your appointment, the nurse will ask you for your FOB test result to add to your file for the doctor to review.

I found my experience at Minerva to be really comprehensive, efficient and of great value. The booking process was easy and supported well by their admin team. I appreciated having some aspects of the screening completed ahead of my appointment. Having my bloods results as well as lifestyle questionnaire completed in advance was great as I felt that the doctor had a good understanding of my general health before they met me and made the appointment on the day very focused. I also liked how the medical was very lifestyle-based. I feel empowered to make positive changes in my life to improve my health and wellbeing and found this approach to be more holistic and meaningful than other screening experiences I’ve had in the past. I would happily recommend Minerva Health to anyone who is serious about improving their health.

Dee McMahon


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