Endoscopy

An endoscopy is a procedure where a doctor uses an endoscope, a long flexible tube with a tiny camera and light at the end, to look inside your digestive tract.

The Endoscopy Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) provides care to patients staying in the hospital (inpatient) and those who are not (outpatient). The unit also screens for diagnostic and preventative purposes. 

Services include but not limited to:

Referrals

Your family doctor or nurse practitioner will refer you to one of the following specialists based on the information in the referral: a gastroenterologist, surgeon, or respirologist. This specialist will review your information and will send a request to the Endoscopy department to book your appointment.

The Colorectal Screening Program may also refer you.

When will I be contacted for my endoscopy appointment for the QEH?

If the specialist referring you considers your appointment:

  • Urgent: You will receive a phone call from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital or an automated text or voice call from Skip the Waiting Room as soon as possible. 
  • Semi-urgent: You will receive an automated text or voice call from Skip the Waiting Room within three weeks with an appointment time.
  • Elective: You will receive an automated text or voice call within six weeks from Skip the Waiting Room with an appointment time.
     

How to prepare your endoscopy appointment at the QEH

You will receive instructions specific to your test by either

  • email from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital or an email or text from Skip the Waiting Room or  
  • from the specialist’s office if they have special instructions.

Preparation instructions

If you do not complete your prep as instructed your appointment may be cancelled. 

Colonoscopy 

Bidirectional (Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy)

Gastroscopy 

Sigmoidoscopy 

Hemorrhoid Banding 

Peg Tube 


Medications and preparation instructions

If you take blood-thinning medication, discuss when to restart these medications with the doctor. Resume all other medications as usual unless told otherwise. If you have questions, speak to the specialist who is doing your procedure.
 

Patient Appointment Information 

You must arrive and register in the admitting department 60-90 minutes before your appointment. For example, if your appointment is at 8:00 A.M. you must arrive and register in the admitting department at 7:00 A.M. 

Plan to be at the hospital for 1.5 to 3 hours from start to finish. Your procedure will take 20 to 30 minutes. You will need to stay 30 minutes to 1 hour after it is over. 

If you received sedation medication for the colonoscopy, you might be considered impaired for up to 24 hours after the test.

  • You will not be able to drive yourself home. You will need a trusted person to meet you at the endoscopy unit to pick you up from the hospital. If you do not have a driver your test may be cancelled. A taxi is not acceptable if travelling alone.
  • You should not drink alcohol or take sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications.
  • You should not be responsible for another person’s care; e.g., a baby, young child, or person in poor health.
  • You should not sign any legal documents.

Bring the following

  • a list of current medications 
  • ostomy supplies if you have an ostomy 
  • your most recent glucose reading if you have diabetes 
  • a translator if you do not understand or speak English
  • your PEI Health Card, proof of substitute medical insurance plan, or another form of personal ID.

Do not

  • bring any valuables
  • wear any jewelry, e.g. rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. 

 

Contact 

Ambulatory Care Endoscopy Unit
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 
60 Riverside Dr., Charlottetown
Telephone: 902-894-0055
Email: EndoscopySchedulersQEH@ihis.org
 

 

 

Published date: 
February 5, 2024
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