Discharge Information


The Gastroenterologist will see you after your procedure, just prior to your discharge to discuss your result and provide you with a written report. They will also advise you if any Pathology has been taken as well as any follow up that may be necessary, whether this is with a specialist or your general practitioner.


After the procedure:

  • You may experience drowsiness for a few hours. If possible, rest when you get home.
  • You may have some local tenderness or bruising at the injection site used to administer your sedation.
  • If you had a colonoscopy, you may experience abdominal discomfort or bloating, because of the air that was introduced during the procedure. This feeling will pass. You may have a little bleeding from your rectum, particularly if a polyp was removed or biopsies taken.
  • If you had a gastroscopy, your throat may be sore for a few hours but will gradually lessen. You may also feel bloated because of the air that was introduced to examine your stomach. This feeling will pass.
  • You must not drive or operate machinery for a minimum of 12 hours after sedation. The law prohibits driving under the influence of drugs.
  • Do not sign contracts or legal documents until the day following the procedure. Due to sedation, your ability to objectively evaluate may be impaired.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption until the day following your procedure. The combination of alcohol and sedation has an unpredictable effect on your body that is potentially dangerous to your health.
  • You may resume your normal diet unless otherwise instructed.
  • We recommend you resume all normal daily activities (e.g. Exercise) the day following your procedure.
  • You must not return to work immediately following your procedure.


Contact your Doctor if you experience any of the following:-

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Large amounts of bleeding or black bowel movements


If, after discharge, you are diagnosed with an infection that you believe is related to your procedure, please call the centre and advise staff of this.


If you have any queries, please call the centre where you had your procedure during business hours. If you need to contact a Doctor after hours following your procedure, please contact your local Doctor or your nearest emergency department.

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