Patient Information

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Preparing for a colonoscopy or gastroscopy may be an unfamiliar occurrence for you, but at Southern Endoscopy Centre our team regularly complete more than 50 endoscopic procedures each day.

The depth of experience in our dedicated endoscopy nursing and support team is unparalleled in the South Island, and your dignity, care and comfort are our priority.

Many patients have questions about having an endoscopic procedure, we have provided answers to some commonly asked questions below.

What will happen before I have my procedure?

Having been referred to a Specialist by your General Practitioner or selecting a Specialist from the ‘Our Specialists’ page, you will be advised of the date and time of your procedure by your Specialists booking team.  You will also receive any special instructions for the day. This may include sachets and/or tablets to clean your bowel. Please read this information carefully and follow the instructions given to you by your Specialist as this has been prescribed specifically for you.  If you have any questions, please call your Specialists booking team.

A member of the Southern Endoscopy Pre-admissions team will call you to complete the pre-admission process.  This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may still have.

Blood Thinning medication: It is very important that you tell your Specialist, or their booking team, if you take blood thinning medication. Your Specialist will provide specific advice about taking this medication in the lead up to your procedure.

What will happen on the day of my procedure?

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On the day of your procedure, you will be admitted to Southern Endoscopy Centre by our reception team, they will confirm your insurance or payment details, and reconfirm who is collecting you after your procedure.

A friend or family member is welcome to wait with you in our waiting room until you are called through into the Admission area.

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While in the admissions area your details will be reconfirmed, and the consent form signed, you will then be asked to change into a Southern Endoscopy Centre gown, and an IV luer will be inserted into your arm to administer medication and/or fluids.

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Your Specialist will meet you and walk you through to the procedure room, or our nursing staff will walk you to the procedure room where you will meet your Specialist.  Your specialist will check the procedure you have agreed to and answer any remaining questions you may have.

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After the procedure, our nursing staff will transfer you on your bed to the Recovery area, where you may enjoy a nice rest. Once you have rested and are comfortable, you may get dressed and enjoy some light refreshments.

Approximately half an hour before you are ready to be discharged your Nurse will contact the person you arranged to collect you so they can return to Southern Endoscopy Centre in time to take you home.

Note: As you may receive light sedating medication during your procedure, it is essential that you refrain from driving and arrange to have someone watch you until the next morning, as your decision making will be impaired.

Should you wish one of our nursing staff to call you the day after your procedure to check how you are feeling, please let our staff know before you leave Southern Endoscopy Centre.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

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