Colonscopy Services

Colonoscopy is used to screen for a variety of diseases, including colon cancer. Symptomatic patients with a high likelihood of cancer or inflammatory bowel disease based on clinical assessment may require a colonoscopy. A patient will be referred by a family doctor to a specialist (gastroenterologist, internist, and surgeon) who will determine if the patient needs to undergo a colonoscopy procedure.

Colonoscopy services are provides at Western Memorial Regional Hospital as well as Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital.

Western Memorial Regional Hospital  (Median Wait Times)

Non Urgent Colonoscopy

60 days

Benchmark Met *

50.64%

Total Performed  April 1-June 30 2018

348

Median Wait Time as of  June 30, 2018

* Indicates the percentage of cases completed within the benchmark. Non-Urgent BM is 60 Days.

   
   

Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital (Median Wait Times)

Non Urgent Colonoscopy

58.5 Days

Benchmark Met *

50 %

Total Performed  April 1-June 30 2018

74

Median Wait Time as of  June 30, 2018

* Indicates the percentage of cases completed within the benchmark. Non-Urgent BM is 60 Days.

In 2012 Western Health, in partnership with the Department of Health and Community Services, launched a colorectal screening program (FIT testing). The program will help detect and treat colorectal cancer earlier in people who show no signs of the disease. The target age group for the program is men and women aged 50 to 74 who are considered at average risk for colon cancer. The test will allow participants to collect samples in the privacy of their own homes and forward them to a laboratory in St. John’s for testing.

In 2016, 290 cases with a positive fit test detecting early signs of disease, were followed up by the Endoscopy department at Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Please talk to your physician about FIT testing or call 1-855-614-0144

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