Below are just some of the questions which patients often ask us before they come to see us for their test. If you have a question which is not included here, please do not hesitate to contact us by:
Tel:0117 962 1365
Why have I been referred to Prime Endoscopy Bristol and not the hospital?
Your GP has been able to refer you directly to us instead of to hospital because we can deliver high quality NHS endoscopy services for patients registered with your surgery in a community setting. Our short waiting times and wide range of appointments mean you will be seen much more quickly, with your consultation, test and results on the same day.
Will I need to be sedated for my test?
This will depend on the type of test you are having. The majority of patients having a transnasal gastroscopy manage very well without sedation and only a local anesthetic spary in the nose. A flexible simoidoscopy is also often tolerated without sedation but patients can have entonox (gas and air) if they experience discomfort.
Why do I have to take bowel prep?
In order to see the lining of the colon well it is essential that your bowels are emptied and cleansed thoroughly using the bowel prep, otherwise the procedure may need to be repeated. It is important to follow the instructions given for the bowel prep and if you have any questions before you use it please do not hesitate to contact us on 0117 962 1365. You can download the instructions here.
Will I have to follow any special instructions before having my test?
Yes, there are specific instructions for different tests including what you can eat and when and what sort of diet you must follow before your test. These will be provided to you with your appointment letter.
I have other medical problems - should I tell you beforehand?
Your GP will have sent a referral letter to us with your medical details however we do need to know if you suffer from diabetes, take anticoagulants or have a pacemaker. Please do let us know by calling 0117 962 1365.
Can I return to work straight after me test?
If you have had no sedation or intravenous pain relief you can resume normal activities and return to work directly after your test. If you have had sedation or intravenous pain relief you cannot drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after your test and you will need someone to accompany you to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours afterwards.
What will happen after my test?
Your endoscopist will come and talk to you after the test and explain your results. A written report will be immediately sent to your GP with the majority of patients being referred back to the GP with advice regarding the management of the condition. If urgent follow up is required we will arrange this for you and liaise with your GP.
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