Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides easy access to a colonoscopy and gastroscopy performed by specialists using the latest technology, with all specialists and anaesthetist fees covered for patients with eligible health cover.
We believe a hospital setting for endoscopy procedures is the safest place for patients, with the additional benefit of continuity of care if the results reveal further investigation or treatment is required.
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is an inspection of body organs or cavities using a flexible tube with a camera and light attached. While there are many types of endoscopy, Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides access to the two most common types of endoscopy - colonoscopy and gastroscopy.
At Epworth Priority Endoscopy, these procedures are generally performed as a day procedure, involving only a short period of sedation, with patients admitted just prior to the procedure. This allows for minimal waiting time and disruption to the patients schedule.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside lining of your large bowel. The doctor will use a colonoscope - a long, thin flexible tube with a small camera and light attached, to view pictures of the inside of your bowel on a video screen.
The colonoscope bends so it can move around the curves of your colon. It can also be used to remove growths or polyps, which are fleshy growths in the bowel lining. A colonoscopy can also be used to take a biopsy, a very small section of the bowel lining, which can be tested to identify many conditions.
A gastroscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The doctor will use a gastroscope, a small, flexible, fibre optic instrument, to pass through the mouth to allow a direct visual inspection of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodendum (small bowel).
A gastroscopy can also be used to take a biopsy, a very small section of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which can be used to identify a range of conditions.
Accredited specialists listing
Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides access to over 50 specialists across three Epworth hospitals.
By selecting 'Next Available Specialist' on the referral form, your patient will have easy access to one of Epworth's accredited specialists. You can also nominate a preferred specialist on the referral form.
Patient pre-admission information
Prior to undergoing a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, patients will undergo a pre-admission consultation to confirm their suitability for Epworth Priority Endoscopy.
Generally, patients will only meet with the specialist who is performing the procedure on the day of admission to Epworth, unless specifically requested.
This booklet below contains important pre-procedure information patients need to be aware of, in addition to any instructions their specialist provides. Epworth provides a copy of this booklet to patients prior to their procedure.