Gastroscopy Patient Preparation
If you have made an appointment with us for a gastroscopy procedure, you will need to follow the prescribed preparation instructions below. Proper patient preparation is very important for the procedure to be successful and safe.
Please note that we require two full business days notice to be eligible for a refund of your procedure. There will be a cancellation fee for appointments cancelled or not attended with less than two full business days notice.
The following is a requirement of all endoscopy patients.
Someone MUST Collect You after the Test
Due to the use of anaesthetic during our endoscopy procedures, the effects will make you drowsy and incapable of legally driving yourself home.
Please arrange for a friend or relative to collect you about one and a half hours after the test, as you cannot drive or leave the hospital on your own. Your procedure will be cancelled on the day if you do not have a friend or relative to pick you up and you will still be liable for the out of pocket costs of your procedure.
You are not able to take a Taxi or Uber/Rideshare home.
What to bring with you:
- Referral from your Doctor
- Medicare card (Please inform staff when booking if you have no Medicare card, Interim card or reciprocal card)
- Private insurance card (if applicable)
- Pensioner/health care card
- Account payment (Direct Endoscopy accepts MasterCard, Visa or cash and provides EFTPOS facilities to facilitate easy payment of accounts on the day )
- List of medications
- Reading glasses (if necessary)
Wear Loose Clothing and Leave Valuables Behind
Please wear light casual clothing and do not bring valuables with you.
Remove Lipstick and Jewellery
Please do not wear lipstick or jewellery.
Remain Under Competent Supervision For 12 Hours
For 12 hours after the procedure, you should remain in the care of a responsible adult and not drive or operate machinery.
IMPORTANT! Do not eat for 6 hours or drink for 3 hours prior to the test!
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your procedure.
You may take your usual medication with a sip of water no later than 2 hours before the test unless otherwise instructed by your Doctor.