PATIENT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR
The information provided here will help you to prepare
for endoscopy. This information must be reviewed with your
doctor prior to surgery, at which point you will be asked
to sign the consent form confirming that you understand
this information prior to the doctor proceding.
Prior to the procedure you will be assessed by a
qualified anaesthetist. You will be given intravenous
sedation (via an injection) by the anaesthetist who will
monitor you throughout the procedure. The anaesthetist
will ensure that you are asleep and comfortable
PATIENT AND CARER
At Waverley Endoscopy you will be required to have a
carer (responsible adult) to drive you to and from your
- Your carer will be required to drive you home and stay
for a period of time OR be contactable should they be
- You must not use public transport (buses, trains) to
travel home post procedure.
- You may only use a taxi if you are accompanied by your
- Unless transport home has been arranged with a
responsible person, the procedure will be postponed.
You must agree to the instructions given to you and
understand that non-compliance with any of these could
result in undesirable effects on other patients, members
of the public and yourself.
During the first 12hrs after your procedure, a
responsible adult should supervise you or be available if
needed. During that time you should NOT;
- Drink alcohol or take mind altering substances
- Drive a car, motorbike or any other vehicle
- Operate machinery including cooking implements
- Undertake heavy exercise
- Care for infants without responsible help
- Make important decisions or sign legal documents
WHAT IS THE COLONOSCOPY
The colonoscope is a thin flexible tube, about the
thickness of a finger for examination of the large bowel.
After you have been given intravenous sedation the tube is
inserted gently and moved inside the large bowel up to the
junction with (and sometimes into) the small bowel. In
about 5% of patients only part of the bowel can be
inspected due to variation in the structure of the bowel
or technical difficulty. Several procedures can be carried
out through the colonoscope including taking small tissue
samples (biopsy) and removal of polyps.
Polyps of the large bowel may become cancerous; therefore
it is advised that if any polyps are found they should be
removed at the time of examination to prevent risk of
cancer. At the time of examination you will be sedated and
it is therefore not possible to discuss the removal of the
polyp with you. If you have any reservation regarding
removal of a polyp you must discuss this matter before the
colonoscopy with the doctor.
WHAT IS THE GASTROSCOPY
The gastroscope is a thin flexible tube, smaller than the
thickness of a finger for examination of the oesophagus
and stomach. After you have been given intravenous
sedation the tube is inserted through your mouth and into
the stomach. Several procedures can be carried out through
the gastroscope including taking small tissue samples
HOW CAN YOU HELP BEFORE YOUR
Although colonoscopy is the best way of assessing
abnormalities of the large bowel there is still a small
chance that abnormalities are not seen, especially when
the preparation is poor. Before the procedure, the bowel
will need to be emptied to allow proper examination. If
the bowel is not adequately emptied the procedure may have
to be abandoned and repeated at a later stage. Therefore
it is essential that you follow the instructions carefully
to empty the bowel. These instructions will be clearly
explained to you when you pick up your Bowel Preparation
Kit from the Waverley Endoscopy office.
You will need to arrange a friend or elative to drop you
off and to pick you up after your procedure as you will be
unable to drive yourself.
HOW YOU CAN HELP BEFORE YOUR
You MUST fast (NO FLUID
OF ANY TYPE) for at least six hours prior to your
WHAT YOU SHOULD TELL US BEFORE
Please inform either the medical or nursing staff if you
are sensitive (allergic) to any drugs or substances. You
must notify the doctor if you have been taking blood
thinning tablets (Warfarin or Coumadin) or are taking any
form of aspirin (this also includes Plavix or Iscover). If
you have any doubt about the medication that you are
taking, please discuss this with your doctor before the
procedure. In addition, if you have heart valve disease or
a pacemaker, this must be brought to the attention of the
On the day of your admission we ask that you come 15
minutes prior to your appointment time in order to
complete your paperwork. The nursing staff will then take
you for your procedure.
Prior to your procedure you will talk to the endoscopist
and the anaesthetist. They will explain the procedure and
discuss the risks involved.
Your procedure may take between 10 and 40 minutes and you
will be asleep during this time.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
You will wake up in the recovery room. After a short time
you will be offered a light refreshment (tea, coffe,
biscuits). Further instructions will be given to you
regarding what you should do in the following 24 hours
after your procedure. The sedatives given at the time may
impair your memory and therefore it is important that you
not undertake any important transactions, drive or operate
machinery where there may be a risk of personal injury. It
is important that you are accompanied home by a relative
or friend. If you have any severe abdominal pain,
bleeding, fever or any other symptom that causes you
concern following the procedure, you MUST contact your
endoscopist immediately, or alternatively discuss the
concern with your family doctor.
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This hospital is committed to providing all patients with
the highest quality of care by preventing the spread of
infection. Hand washing, high standards of housekeeping, and
the use of sterile techniques and equipment are a vital part
of the service to ensure your procedure is satisfactory and
to reduce the risk of infection. Please advise admission
staff if you have had any major infection in the past six
Infection control statistics are available on request from
the Director of Nursing via the contact details listed in
contact us section.
Patients and visitors have a role to play in reducing the
risk of infection to themselves and others. Hand hygiene is
the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection.
Alcohol based hand rubs are a very effective form of hand
hygiene and are located in strategic locations around the
Waverley Endoscopy is committed to the Hand Hygiene
Australia initiative with all staff having completed the
online learning package.
The unfamiliar environment of hospital combined with the
fact you have been given drugs for your procedure can
increase the likelihood of falls in hospital. Here are a few
ways to prevent these:
- Please wear slippers or comfortable footwear that fit
- Please do not attempt to walk or move about after your
procedure without the nurses' assistance.
- Call bells are situated on your chairs, in the toilets and
in the change room.
- Please bring any walking aid you require with you to the
It is not necessary for you to bring any medications with
you but if you have please advise the nursing staff.
We provide a locker and key for your belongings but it is
advisable to leave all valuable items at home.
Waverley Endoscopy is an accredited Private Day Hospital
registered by the Department of Health and is recognised by
private health funds for payment of hospital benefits.
PATIENT ACCOUNT INFORMATION
is a NO GAP hospital.
It is advisable to contact your private health insurance
prior to admission to check if an excess or co-payment
applies to your level of cover for a procedure in a day
Any excess will be required to be paid on admission.
PRIVATELY INSURED PATIENTS
- Theatre and Accommodation fees are billed directly to your
private health fund. However, if your level of cover
requires an excess or co-payment you must pay it on
- Anaesthetist fees are individual and are billed by the
specialist anaesthetist directly to you or your private
- Pathologist fees are individual of which 75% are claimable
- Endoscopist fees are billed directly to your Private
Please note that if you have been a member of your health
fund for less than 12 months your fund may not accept
liability for the costs of this admission, e.g. if your
condition or any symptoms of your condition existed prior to
you joining your health fund.
Total payment (aside from any ancillary charges) must be
made on admission unless your insurance company has
confirmed approval for admission.
REPATRIATION (DVA) PATIENTS
Gold cardholders are covered for all care.
White cardholders are covered subject to approval by DVA.
If you are insured with an overseas company, you will be
asked to pay the estimated cost on admission. Please contact
the hospital prior to admission for an estimate of fees and
charges. As it is an estimate only, in the event of
unforeseen complications or variations from the proposed
treatment the cost may vary.
UNINSURED PATIENTS - OUT OF POCKET COSTS
Total payment (aside from any ancillary charges) must be
made on admission.
All payments and charges will be explained to you on
If you have any further questions, please feel free to
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