Bowel Screening Wales
Information for Carers

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Wales. Bowel screening aims to find cancer at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective. Early detection is key. At least 9 out of 10 people will survive bowel cancer if it is found and treated early.  

Bowel screening is currently offered to people who are aged between 55 and 74 and live in Wales. We get address information directly from GPs. It is important that the person’s correct home address is registered with the GP. We do not hold any medical information.

Benefits of Screening

  • Finding bowel cancer early gives a person the best chance of survival.
  • At least 9 out of 10 people survive bowel cancer if it is found early.
  • Bowel screening can help find bowel cancer early, even if a person is well and does not have any symptoms.
  • People can complete the bowel test kit at their place of residence.
  • The bowel screening test kit is quick and easy to do, with just one small sample of poo needed.

As a carer you may have your own personal views about taking part in screening. Your view may differ from that of the person you care for and you may feel that the person you care for is not making the ‘right’ decision.

You must remember that your role is to provide the person with the correct information (in an appropriate format) and support, so that they can make an informed decision to take part in  screening or not.  The form below may help you to provide this informed information.


Unpaid Carers: Information, Advice & Support

  • Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service website can be found here.
  • Carers and Community Support Team website can be found here.
  • Pembrokeshire Carers Information and  Support Services  website can be found here.

Living In A Care Home In Wales

Are you a Carer?

“Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has a mental health concern or problematic substance use and who could not manage without your help? If so, then you are a Carer and there are a number of ways you can get help and support.”

Meddygfa Tywi recognises that Carers contribute a significant saving to the NHS by looking after relatives, neighbours or friends who might otherwise have to go into long term care. Young Carers, under the age of 18 may be particularly vulnerable due to their inexperience and lack of life-skills. This practice is committed to providing appropriate support and consideration to its patients who are Carers whatever their age.

What Can We Do To Help?

The Practice holds a list of those patients who are Carers and who have agreed to be on the register. The register enables the practice to provide Carers with information on local and national support and help. We can also arrange a referral to Social Services for a Carers Needs Assessment and other voluntary service agencies if required.

At Meddygfa Tywi we aim to raise awareness of the needs of Carers and to support them with practical help and information.

How Can You Register As A Carer?

Registration forms are available in the surgery or speak to any staff member. Forms are also available from other voluntary organisations.

Caroline Smith  is our Practice Carer’s Lead. You can ask to speak to her by telephone on 01267 290240 or come into the surgery for a chat.

What Is A Carer's Needs Assessment?

A Carer’s Needs Assessment is your opportunity to tell Social Services about the things that could make caring easier for you. It is an assessment of your needs, not those of the person you are caring for. Every Carer is entitled to an assessment. When you register with us as a Carer, the practice will offer you the chance of a referral.

How Do I Find Out More Information?

The practice has a dedicated Carers notice board in the waiting room with a lot of information and news of local events. 

Young Carers Service

The national Young Carer I.D. Card, funded by Welsh Government, is now available in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.  This enables a coordinated regional approach in supporting young carers, making it easier for them to access the help they need, when it is needed.

For young carers in Carmarthenshire please visit:

More Information For Carers


Carmarthenshire County Council

More information about support for carers can be found here. 

Young Adult Carers (16-25)

For more information for young adult carers please call 0300 0200 002. 

Or an advisor can also be reached by mobile on 07535449686

Alternatively Email melanie@carmarthenshire

Hywel Dda University Health Board

For more information for carers in English please visit the Hywel Dda website.

If you would like to view this service in Welsh please visit the Hywel Dda website.

Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service

Please write to the Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service at the following address:

The Palms Unit 3

96 Queen Street


SA15 2TH

Alternatively you may choose to phone them on 03000 200002.

Or Email for more information

Carmarthenshire Young Carers Service

Please write to the Carmarthenshire Young Carers Service at the following address:

Ty Elwyn
Town Hall Square,
SA15 3AP

Alternatively you can phone them on 01554 742630

Or please visit their website.

Other Useful Links

Please visit Carers Wales to find out more about  what support and advice is available to you.

Alternatively visit the NHS website for more information.

If you would like to view resources on Alzheimer’s, visit the Alzheimer’s Society.