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Bowel Cancer Screening - EDIFACT API

Send bowel cancer screening test results from the screening system to GP practices.

Overview

Use this API to send bowel cancer screening test results from the screening programme's system to GP practices, including bowel scope screening and fecal occult blood test (FOBT) results.

It's designed for the transmission of structured bowel cancer screening results from screening systems to primary care GP systems, using UN/EDIFACT based messages.

Also known as NHS004 messages, these are a simpler version of the NHS003 messages specified in the  Pathology EDIFACT v1.003 Standard but with the changes specified in 'Electronic GP Communication Requirements for GPSoC Software Suppliers Draft', under 'Additional guidance' below.

Bowel cancer screening NHS004 messages are almost the same as pathology NHS003 messages except they are much simpler in structure, with a single SNOMED code and 5 result values.

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API status

This API is stable.

Technology

This is an asynchronous messaging API. Messages are:

  • formatted as EDIFACT
  • sent and received via MESH

For more details, see EDIFACT and MESH.

Lab Results adaptor

If you are building a system to receive bowel cancer screening test results, you can use our Lab Results adaptor to receive these EDIFACT results via an easy-to-use FHIR-compliant format. 

Interactions

For a full list of interactions for this API, see ISB 1557 EDIFACT Pathology Messaging but with the changes specified in 'Electronic GP Communication Requirements for GPSoC Software Suppliers Draft', under 'Additional guidance' below.

Additional guidance

This document specifies how to send NHS004 messages to GP systems.

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Last edited: 17 March 2021 11:14 am