If you need an endoscopic procedure (for example a gastroscopy or colonoscopy) your General Practitioner or Specialist will need to write a referral to us. Once we have a referral, we will review your case and make a decision about whether or not we need to see you in our Outpatient Clinic before you have your procedure.
If your procedure is a simple one we may book you directly for your endoscopy without seeing you in the Outpatient clinic first. We may also book you directly for the procedure if it is urgent, so you can avoid waiting longer than necessary. In these instances you will meet the Doctor just before your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure then please talk about these with the Doctor before the procedure begins. There is normally plenty of time for this to happen. If you would like to ask some questions before the day of your procedure you can contact one of the Endoscopic nurse coordinators.
Most patients generally will be booked for an Outpatient appointment before they get a booking for their 'scope. This will allow the Doctor to meet you and assess your symptoms, and then decide what will be the best procedure for you. It is also a chance for you to learn what the procedure involves and what you need to do before your procedure.
Some patients with a complex medical history may also be asked to see a member of the anaesthetic team in the Pre-admission clinic before the procedure is confirmed.
Most procedures are performed under sedation. A doctor will put an IV drip in your arm and give you medicine that will make you fall asleep for a short while. A full general anaesthetic is rarely needed.
Because you have had sedation, you will not be able to drive your car for 24 hours after the procedure. Somebody must accompany you home after the procedure.
All medical procedures are associated with some risk. Every effort will be made to ensure that your procedure is performed safely and that any discomfort is minimised. We understand that you may be anxious and we will do our best to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe.
Some general information about gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures is available via the GESA website.
If you have any specific concerns then please discuss these with your Specialist, your General Practitioner or call the Endoscopic Services Nurse Coordinator.
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Endoscopy Liaison Nurse Carolyn WocknerEmail: Carolyn.email@example.comPhone: 0401 464 724 or 8345 6982
Endoscopy Liaison NurseKim RileyEmail: Kim.Riley2@wh.org.auPhone: 8345 6775 or 0401 464 724