Table 1

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteriaExclusion criteria
Over 16 years oldDeclined to participate
Could provide written consentHad a previous, new or suspected diagnosis of malignancy
Comprised one offour categories based on reason for admissionOn-going issues requiring follow up such as wound healing problems
Category 1 – minorsurgeryRequired further investigation such as endoscopy after admission with e.g.diverticulitis.
Category 2 - elective or emergency surgery such as appendicectomy, hernia repair, thyroidectomy
Category 3 - admitted for investigation or management of conditions such as non-specific abdominalpain, head injury, cellulitis
Category 4 - attended for surveillance endoscopy for conditions such as colonic polyps or Barrett’s oesophagus