Endoscopy

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to fast?
For the vast majority of procedures carried out in endoscopy it will be necessary for you to be fasting so you should not eat or drink anything for 6 – 8 hours prior to your procedure. For detailed information please refer to the specific information leaflet for the particular procedure you will be having.

2. Can I take my medication?
Take essential medication (including inhalers and nebulisers) with a small amount of water on the day of your procedure.   If you take Aspirin please ensure you do not take it on the morning of your procedure. If you take any other blood thinning tablets i.e. Plavix/ Clopidogrel/ Effient/ Brilique/ Warfarin/ Dabigatran/ Xarelto/ Eliquis please contact the pre assessment nurse on  (01) 4162137 at least 10 days prior to your procedure for advice. Please refer to your procedure specific patient information leaflet.

3. How long will my procedure take?
An endoscopy procedure can take anything from 5 minutes to 1 hour but please expect to be in the unit for between 4-6 hours.

4. What time is my appointment at?
The time of you should register is written on your appointment letter. The appointment system is to plan the department procedures to be as timely as possible and to try to avoid undue delays. For this to be effective and to minimise delays in your waiting time please arrive at your allocated time promptly but not before.

5. How can I cancel my appointment?
If you would like to check if you have an appointment scheduled; would like to cancel or rearrange an appointment please phone 01-4103985 or email: endoscopy@stjames.ie

6. I am having a Colonoscopy, how will I know how to take my bowel prep?
You will have received an information leaflet with instructions about your bowel preparation and how to take it with your appointment documents by post. You will also be contacted approximately 1 week before your procedure by our Pre-Assessment Nurse. She will go through your past medical history, your medications and advise you regarding the bowel prep you will be required to take prior to your procedure. If you have further questions following this please call 01-4102137.

7. What should I do if I feel sick or vomit while taking my bowel preparation?
Sometimes the volume of bowel prep you are required to take can be a challenge, in this situation we advise that you extend the time period over which you take the prep – just take your time. In the event that your vomiting continues stop taking it and if your symptoms persist contact your local GP or emergency services.

8. Can I drink alcohol the night before/after my procedure?
It is not advised to consume alcohol on the day before or for 24 hours following your procedure.

9. How will I get my results?
The results of biopsies taken during your procedure usually take several weeks to return to the doctor who carried out your procedure, once the doctor reviews your results he or she will then decide on the most appropriate follow-up which maybe with your GP or you will be sent an appointment to come into the outpatients department.

10. How will I know when to collect my relative or friend after their procedure?
If you are collecting a patient following a procedure please note that you will be contacted by the nurse in the recovery area when they are ready to be collected. When you arrive in reception please ask a member of staff who will be happy to direct you to the recovery waiting area.

11. How long am I going to be waiting?
Every patient is afforded the time required for their procedure; this may mean that some procedure times are longer than anticipated, this may result in delays. We appreciate your patience as that patient needing the extra time may be you.

12. Do I need someone to collect me?
If you are having sedation you will be discharged into the care of a responsible adult to accompany you home and stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure.

13. Can my relative or friend attend with me?
A friend or relative can accompany you up to the point of registration and waiting with you in reception until you are called in for your assessment prior to your procedure. Once your procedure is completed your friend or relative will be contacted to come and collect you from the endoscopy discharge area.

14. Can my children come with me?
For infection control reasons it is not advisable to bring children to the Hospital.

15.  If I am breast feeding can I take bowel prep?
You are advised not to breast feed for the time you are drinking your bowel preparation and to have expressed enough milk to cover that time.

16. If I am breast feeding can I have sedation?
You can, but you will need to express enough milk prior to your appointment to cover feeding for the 24 hour period following sedation.

17. If I am breast feeding can I bring my baby with me?
Please contact the unit directly to discuss this with a nurse.

18. Do I have to have sedation?
Sedation is advisable for some procedures. Please refer to you individual procedure information leaflet for further details.

19. Will I get a general anaesthetic?
No.

20. How soon can I drive following sedation?
It is advised that you should not drive for 24 hours following sedation.

21. Will I be aware of the procedure?
Sedation will make you relaxed and sleepy but not unconscious this means you may or may not be aware of the procedure.

22. Do I have to pay for my bowel prep?
Yes.

23. Can I request a male or a female doctor?
We understand that there may be reasons why you may wish to have your procedure carried out by a male or female doctor. We will do all we can to facilitate your wish but unfortunately it may not always be possible.

24. What do I need to bring in with me?
Your procedure documentation, your medical card, list of your medications and next of kin/contact person details.

25. If I have my period can the procedure go ahead?
Yes.

26. Can I have my procedure if I am pregnant or think I may be pregnant?
Please contact the unit directly to discuss this with a nurse.

27. Will I get to talk to the doctor after the procedure?
A nurse will sit with you to go through your discharge information. If you wish to speak to a doctor please let the nurse know.

28. Will I get something to eat after my procedure?
You will be fasting for about 1 hour following your procedure and then you will be offered tea or coffee and biscuits before you are discharged home.

29. I am a coeliac - Will I get something to suitable to eat after my procedure?
Yes, we have coeliac bread and biscuits available.

30. I am a diabetic - Will I get something to suitable to eat after my procedure?
Yes.

31. When can I go home after the procedure?
You will need to stay in the recovery are for at least an hour following your procedure, during this time you will have your pulse and blood pressure checked regularly.

32. Do I need to bring someone with me?
If you are having sedation for your procedure you will need an adult to accompany you home and also to remain with you overnight. This is because the sedation that you receive will remain in your system for 24 hours after the procedure and can affect your judgement; you should not drive or operate machinery because of this.

33. Do I have to pay for my procedure on the day?
Medical card holders: No.
Non-Medical card holders: A bill will be posted to you in the days following your procedure from our finance department.  This is a government levy for day procedures.

34. Is there parking and will I have to pay for it?
Yes, charged on- site Public parking facilities are available. Payment machine situated in the main hospital concourse.

35. Can I get a taxi home?
Yes, provided you are accompanied by a responsible adult (if you have had sedation); at your own expense.

36. Can I use public transport?
Yes, provided you are accompanied by a responsible adult (if you have had sedation); at your own expense.

37. Will the hospital provide me with transport to and from the unit
No, should you require further information please contact the unit directly.

38. Can I go to work before and/or after my procedure?
This is very much procedure dependant, please refer to your procedure specific patient information leaflet. If you have further queries please contact the unit directly.

39. Can I get a cert for taking time off work?
On leaving the unit you will be provided with a document stating you have attended for your procedure.

40. If I am running late for my appointment what should I do?
Ring or email the unit to let us know.

Contact Details

 Title

 Name

Email

Phone

Associated Nurse Specialists

 

 

 

RANP Gastroenterology

Ms. S. Hough

shough@stjames.ie

01-4284060

Endoscopy Pre-Assessment
(Colonoscopy)

Ms. B. Troy

colonoscopynurse@stjames.ie

01-4162137

Colorectal Screening Nurse
(BowelScreen)

Ms. L. Foy

lfoy@stjames.ie

01-4103802

Colorectal Screening Nurse
(BowelScreen)

Ms. A. Carolan

acarolan@stjames.ie

01-4103802

Colorectal

 

 

 

Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist

Ms. D. Flannery

dflannery@stjames.ie

01-4103987
Bleep 646

Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist

Ms. K. O’Connor

koconnor@stjames.ie

01-4103987
Bleep 646

Stoma Care

 

 

 

Stoma Care Nurse Specialist

Ms. AM. Stuart

astuart@stjames.ie

01-4103899
Bleep 584

Stoma Care Nurse Specialist

Ms. S. McGovern

smcgovern@stjames.ie

01-4103899
Bleep 584

Stoma Care Nurse Specialist

Ms. C. Dowling

cadowling@stjames.ie

01-4103899
Bleep 584

Stoma Care Nurse Specialist

Ms. L. Duffy

lduffy@stjames.ie

01-4103899
Bleep 584

Gastroenterology

 

 

 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist

Ms. U. Kennedy

ibdnurse@stjames.ie

01-4284060
Bleep 464

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist

 

ibdnurse@stjames.ie

01-4284060
Bleep 464

Haemachromotosis/Breath Testing

Ms. J. Yusingco

jyusingco@stjames.ie

01-4162329

Respiratory

 

 

 

Lung Co-Ordinator

Ms. F. Fitzsimons

ffitzsimons@stjames.ie

01-4162976
Bleep 101

Lung Co-ordinator

Ms. R. Kennedy

rkennedy@stjames.ie

01-4162894
Bleep 101

Upper GI

 

 

 

Upper GI Cancer Co-Ordinator

Ms. J. Moore

jmoore@stjames.ie

01-4162650

Upper GI Clinical Trials Nurse

Ms. C. O'Farrell

cofarrell@stjames.ie

01-4284038

Urology

 

 

 

Urology Nurse Specialist

Ms. M. O'Brien

urologynurse@stjames.ie

01-4162850

Urology Nurse Specialist

Ms. L. Casey

urologynurse@stjames.ie

01-4162850

Urology Nurse Specialist

Ms. S. Bowen

urologynurse@stjames.ie

01-4162850

Urology Nurse Specialist

Ms. T. Conroy

urologynurse@stjames.ie

01-4162850