What to Expect

What to Bring To Your Procedure

  • The name and contact information of the person collecting you from your procedure. They will be contacted to advise when you can be collected. 
  • A way to pay your account
  • Any X-rays relating to your current condition

Do you need an interpreter?

  • If you have difficulty understanding or speaking English, interpreter services are available from the Illawarra Area Health Service on 02 4223 8540. This may be organised for you prior to your admission, please let the admin staff know.

What to Wear To Your Procedure

  • It is recommended, for your own comfort, that you wear something comfortable and loose. If you are having a Colonoscopy, you will be given a gown to change into prior to your procedure. 
  • We prefer that you do not bring valuables with you. Should you do so it will be at your own risk and the Centre takes no responsibility for loss of valuables.

  Your Admission

  • On the day of your admission, you will arrive and complete any admission paperwork at the front desk. This includes finalising your account, should you have anything owing.
  • When you are admitted for your procedure you will be taken to a change room and if appropriate (depending on your procedure) you will be asked to change into a gown and overshoes.
  • A basket will be provided for your clothes and the nurse will take care of them during your procedure.

After The Procedure 

After your procedure, you will be in our Recovery Room for approximately 2 hours. Nurses will be there when you wake up and take routine observations such as your Blood pressure, pulse and they will monitor your breathing. You may feel drowsy when you first wake up but this will subside. When you are more awake our nurses will assist you to dress. 

You’ll be offered something to eat and drink while sitting in a comfy chair and your collection person will be notified as to when to pick you up.

Your Discharge

Your Specialist will approve your discharge.

Due to the amnesic effect of the anaesthetic you may not be able to remember what has been explained to you but you will receive a letter outlining the procedure conducted. We will  give you prescriptions (if relevant) and written instructions, so you know what to do at home. These written instructions cover any new medications you should be taking, when to resume your other medication and if you require a follow up appointment with your GP or your Specialist.

If you require a follow up appointment with any of our Gastroenterologist's, an appointment will be made for you before you leave.

Your carer can then take you home.

Please note you are strongly advised not to drive, sign important paperwork or operate machinery after an anaesthetic for up to 12 hours after the procedure. 

Your carer should remain with you until you are alert.