What to Expect

What to Bring

  • Any x-rays relating to your current condition
  • The name and phone number of your carer/family member who will be taking you home. Your carer/family member will be advised of what time you will be discharged.

    Do you need an interpreter?

    If you have difficulty understanding or speaking English, interpreter services are available from the Illawarra Area Health Service on 42238540. This may be organised for you prior to your admission.

 

What to Wear

  • There are no special clothing requirements for your procedure. If you are having a colonoscopy you will be given a gown to change into
  • For your own comfort it is advised that you wear something comfortable and loose. You may leave on your bra, singlet and socks.
  • 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

  • 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.  Your carer 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.

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.

If you require a follow up appointment with any of our Gastroenterologists 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 or operate machinery after an anaesthetic until the next day.

Your carer should remain with you until you are alert.