The Challenge

Improvements are needed to standardise the performance of GPs in early detection of bowel cancer. By improving methods of diagnosis and speeding up referrals potentially health services could save significant amounts of money and save an additional 1000 lives per year through earlier detection and referral.

The Solution

Surgease Innovations aim to address the causes of late bowel cancer diagnosis by creating a medical device and communications programme that can be adopted at the point a patient makes contact with their GP. The device will offer a reliable method of helping GPs to ascertain whether a patient needs an urgent referral, therefore reducing the amount of time a patient waits to be seen by an appropriate specialist and in turn reducing waiting times for treatment. With the assistance of a KEEP+ consultancy grant, 3rd party expertise was sourced to assist in producing a product feasibility, specifications and initial concept development ready for prototyping.