Endoscopy Procedures

Preparing for Your Procedure

For information on a referral to South Perth Endoscopy please see Our Services

Upon booking your gastroscopy and or colonoscopy you will be sent instructions on any preparation you will need to complete including when to commence fasting. You will also be sent an Admission Form which is to be completed and returned to the hospital prior to your procedure.

If you are having a colonoscopy you will need to complete a bowel preparation to ensure your large bowel is cleaned of waste material. You will need to purchase a bowel preparation kit from a pharmacy and follow the instructions provided to you by the hospital. Your bowel preparation instructions will vary depending on your procedure time. Bowel preparation instructions can be downloaded here.

Bowel Preparation Instructions Morning Colonoscopy

Bowel Preparation Instructions Afternoon Colonoscopy

If you are having a gastroscopy or colonoscopy, it is highly likely that you will receive a form of sedation. After receiving sedation you will require a responsible adult to escort you home and stay with you overnight. You can expect to stay in the unit for around three to four hours.

Further information on gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures are outlined in the ‘Understanding Your Procedure’ brochure which can be downloaded here.

Understanding Your Procedure

On the Day of Your Procedure

The South Perth Hospital Endoscopy Unit can be accessed via Fortune Street and ample free parking is located in Fortune and Burch Streets. When you arrive at the hospital please proceed directly to the Endoscopy Unit. Patients are admitted in order of the procedure list.

When you arrive at the Endoscopy Unit you will be asked to complete some paperwork and then will be admitted by a nurse who will review your medical history, record your vital signs, answer any questions you may have and prepare you for your procedure. Please wear loose, two piece clothing to hospital as you may stay in your own clothing for your procedure. Please do not wear any jewellery on the day of your procedure and ensure valuables are left at home.

After Your Procedure

When you wake up from your procedure, have tolerated light refreshments and your vital signs are within acceptable limits, you are ready for discharge. You will be provided with a procedure report on the day which will also be sent to your referring General Practitioner.  If biopsies or specimens are taken during the procedure your results will be sent directly to your General Practitioner.

If you are having a gastroscopy or colonoscopy, it is highly likely that you will receive a form of sedation. After receiving sedation you will require a responsible adult to escort you home and stay with you overnight. You can expect to stay in the unit for around three to four hours.

Discharge Advice

You can resume your regular diet and previous medications unless your Doctor instructs you otherwise.

It is important that you rest after your procedure. You have received sedatives during your procedure and these may make you feel tired and dizzy.

If you have any problems or concerns about your health once you are discharged, please present to your nearest Emergency Department and take a copy of your procedure report with you.

For more information on what to expect after your procedure download our Discharge Instructions here

Discharge Instructions

Please contact South Perth Hospital Endoscopy Unit on (08) 9368 2333 if you have any queries or concerns.

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