FAQs

What are clear fluids? Clear fluids are any liquid that you can read a newspaper through, and has no bits in it.

Can I eat other foods not on the diet sheet? Our diet sheet is specifically designed to provide the best view to the doctor during the procedure, therefore there are no substitutions to the items on the diet sheet. If you have accidentally eaten something not on the list during your diet period, please contact our rooms for further information.

Why can’t I drive after my procedure? You will be sedated for the procedure and will still be affected by the medication until the morning after the procedure.

What should I do if the preparation is making me sick? Depending in the severity of your problem, If you can’t keep the prep down, try sipping the prep and alternating with lemonade or clear apple juice. If your problem is more severe, please call our rooms for further information on 07 5564 6922 during business hours or call 13HEALTH (13 49 85 24) after hours for advice.

How long will it take for my results to be ready? We strive to have your procedure report back to your GP within 5 working days after your procedure, however this can not always be achieved. If you are making an appointment with your GP for your results, you can either check with them that the results have been received or with us. Results of any biopsies taken go straight to your referring provider once analysed. This is generally done within 3 days of your procedure.

How long will I be at the hospital? You can be at the hospital or day surgery for anywhere up to 4 hours on the day of your procedure.

How long will I need off work? Most people are fine to return to work the day after the procedure. We can supply a medical certificate for the day of the procedure and the day before the procedure when they you taking the preparation. Please ask the Doctor on the day of your procedure and this can be organised for you.

How do I know if I am insured or not? You must have Private Health insurance with Hospital cover and have been in the fund for over 12 months, with the same level of cover. You will need to contact your fund to check you are covered for the procedure. Please give us a call and we can provide you with the item number/s relevant to your procedure so you can contact your fund.

Do I need a referral? All patients wanting to make appointments for procedures and consultations require a referral. Referrals from a GP are valid for 12 months from your first visit provided that it is the same issue. Referrals must be handed in to our rooms before your appointment or on the day or the specialist will have no idea why your GP has sent you. Not supplying the referral may result in your consultation or procedure being delayed.

Do I need to have a consultation prior to my procedure? If you are over the age of 80 and having a colonoscopy, we do require you to have a consultation before your procedure. This will give the doctor the chance to go through the preparation and procedure with you and make sure you are physically well enough to have the preparation and procedures.
If you are under the age of 80, there are some patients that will require a consultations based on medical history. Otherwise it is entirely up to you and your GP. Our doctors provide an open access service, which means if your GP wants you to come straight in for the procedure we can accommodate their clinical decision. If they/you want you to come in and discuss your problems first this is also possible.

Will I get to speak to the doctor before my procedure? You will get to speak to the doctor before your procedure on the day. He will look at your referral, go through your symptoms, and you can ask any questions you have.

Can I drink alcohol whilst on the diet? You may have 1 standard beer or 1 glass of white wine per day whilst on the Low Residue Diet. However once you start the clear fluids diet, no alcohol is permitted.


If you have any other questions, or still have concerns please call our office on 07 5564 6922 and one of our receptionists will be happy to help.