How do I prepare for the colonoscopy?
If you require ambulance transport, please arrange this with your GP at least seven days before your appointment.
If you are a Diabetic or taking Warfarin, Aspirin or Clopidogrel tablets, please contact the Endoscopy Unit.
To give the endoscopist a clear view of your bowel you should stop iron preparations and bulking agents (bran, Fybogel, Regulan) for one week before the test.
All other medication should be taken as normal.
The day before the colonoscopy:
It is extremely important that the bowel is clean during your test so you must drink as much clear fluid as possible.
Please follow the instructions carefully and take the enclosed bowel preparation as directed.
Be prepared for frequent bowel actions starting within three hours of taking the laxatives and make arrangements to be near toilet facilities.
Aim to drink at least one full tumbler of clear liquid per hour to avoid becoming dehydrated.
The day of the colonoscopy:
Please continue to drink clear fluids up to two hours before your appointment time.
Please bring your dressing gown and slippers with you.
Freeman Hospital appointments
Please report to the Admission Desk (Main Entrance) and then go to the Day Treatment Centre (Ward 21) Level 3.
Please report to Ward 39 (Gastroenterology Unit), Leazes Wing.
Please report to Ward 19, Endoscopy Unit.
In all Hospitals
- Before the procedure you will be seen by a qualified nurse and the Endoscopist and you will have the opportunity to discuss any problems or worries.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form indicating that you understand the nature and risks of the procedure. The consent form is a legal document, therefore please read it carefully.
- Please leave any valuables at home.