Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions

Bowel cleansing is essential before your Colonoscopy. Instruction sheets are available at our centres. Preparation kits are available upon consultation with your Endoscopist.


DO NOT EAT AFTER BREAKFAST THE DAY BEFORE YOUR TEST. However, please drink as much clear fluid as possible up until 4 hours prior to the procedure. Do not drink for four hours prior to the procedure.



You may be able to take your usual medications, however there are some exceptions. Please be guided by your GP, prescribing Specialist or your Endoscopist. If you have any concerns, please contact the centre prior to the day of your procedure.


  • Do not take oral diabetes medication on the day of the procedure. Some oral medications may need to be ceased the day before the procedure, you will need to consult with the Doctor who manages your Diabetes. If you are on Insulin you need to discuss your regime with the Doctor responsible for your diabetes management, prior to the day of your procedure.
  • You may need to stop anti-coagulant medications, such as Warfarin, Iscover, Plavix or Aspirin. You need to discuss this with your Doctor prior to your admission for the procedure.
  • If you are having a Colonoscopy please stop taking Iron tablets, such as Ferrogradumet for at least one week before the procedure.


Please arrange for a friend or relative to collect you from reception and inform them to notify the receptionist of their arrival, about 2 hours after the test.


YOU CANNOT DRIVE OR LEAVE THE HOSPITAL ON YOUR OWN. You should not drive a car or operate machinery until the day following your procedure.


Please wear comfortable loose fitting clothing, nail polish and false nails should be removed on the day of the procedure.


Bring your Medicare card, any private health insurance details, pension card (if applicable) and payment where needed (cash, cheque, credit or debit card).


Patients who have an excess with their health fund must pay their excess to the hospital on the day of their procedure.


Please note that credit card payments may carry an extra surcharge.



When having a procedure you are required to complete a consent form.


Your Doctor is responsible for ensuring you are adequately informed of the proposed procedure. You will have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with the Doctor prior to your procedure.

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