The admission nurse will check your medical history with you and record your vital signs. If you are a diabetic you will have your blood sugar levels checked at this time.
All our nursing staff have extensive knowledge of the treatments provided at the DEC and you may like to address any queries regarding your care or concerns to them.
The admission sister will escort you to the patient locker area where you may be asked to disrobe (depending on which procedure you are having). We provide all your clothing requirements for treatment.
You will now lie on a patient bed to await consultation with the treating Endoscopist and Sedationist / Anaesthetist.
The Doctor will confirm details of your past medical history and will ensure you adequately understand the procedure and instructions. If you have any questions at all about your procedure it is important to make your doctor aware of them prior to signing your consent for treatment.
At this time, if you are happy to proceed with treatment you will be asked to sign the medical consent form. It is a legal requirement to have a signed consent for medical treatment for every admission to hospital so you will be asked to sign a new form even if you have been treated at the DEC in the past.
The Sedationist / Anaesthetist will consult you and advise you about the drugs to be used during your treatment. The combination of drugs can affect your short-term memory and you may have no recollection of the procedure after your treatment is completed.