Open access endoscopy is defined as the direct referral of a patient for gastroscopy or colonoscopy without a formal consultation by a gastrointestinal endoscopist in advance.
Open access endoscopy is not suitable for all patients, particularly those with significant co-morbidities which might impact on pre-procedure advice, peri-procedure medication management, or even the most appropriate setting for the procedure.
Special consideration may need to be given to:
Hobson Healthcare has protocols in place to screen open access endoscopy patients when they first contact us for an appointment. This includes over the phone or face-to-face screening questions and also review of health information forms.
If indicated, certain patients may undergo a pre-procedure consultation with their Endoscopist or Anaesthetist to ensure optimisation of their care prior to the procedure or that the procedure is performed in an appropriate setting.
If you are unsure about the suitability of a patient for open access endoscopy, then please refer the patient to one of our Endoscopists for a consultation.