Unit 75, Level 4, Wexford Medical Centre
3 Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch, WA 6150
Phone : (08) 6389 0631 | Fax : (08) 6313 0613
info@coastalgastro.com.au

Do’s & Don’ts

Consultations

  • Rescheduling or Cancelling: Please call the rooms if you are unable to make your appointment (at least 24 hours notice) or you need to reschedule.
  • GP Referrals: Please make sure you have a GP referral for your consultation. We are unable to see you without a valid GP referral.
  • What To Bring: Please bring a full list of your medications, relevant letters, blood test results and radiology (X-rays, CT scans) to your appointments.

Procedures

  • Rescheduling or Cancelling: Please call the rooms if you are unable to make your appointment (at least 24 hours notice) or you need to reschedule.
  • GP Referrals: Please make sure you have a GP referral for your procedure. We are unable to provide any services to you without a valid GP referral.
  • What To Bring: Please bring a full list of your medications, relevant letters, blood test results and radiology (X-rays, CT scans) to your procedures. Expect to be in the hospital for between 4 to 6 hours, so it may be worth bringing something to read.
  • Getting There & Back: On the day of your procedure arrange for someone to drive you to, and pick you up, from the hospital. Do not drive. Do not travel home on public transport unaccompanied, including in a taxi. You cannot drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after an anaesthetic. If you need a medical certificate we are happy to provide one.
  • Procedure Preparation: Please make sure you follow all instructions carefully in preparing for a procedure (e.g. bowel preparation for colonoscopy) to ensure safe and accurate testing. Without adequate preparation the test may have to be rescheduled or repeated.
  • Fasting: Please make sure that you have fasted (no food or fluids) as per the instructions on your procedure sheet ( as a rule it is at least 6 hours). Inadequate fasting increases the risk of complications and may cause your procedure to be delayed or rescheduled. The ONLY exception is that you can consume clear water only up to 3 hours prior to your procedure.
  • Allergies: Advise the nursing and medical staff if you are allergic or sensitive to any drug or other substance.
  • Diabetic Patients: DO NOT take your diabetic medications on the day of the procedure, but bring it with you. If you are taking INSULIN, please let the rooms know before your procedure so we can provide instructions about managing your insulin on the day of the procedure.
  • Blood Thinning Medications: Discuss with your GP if you are on Clopidogrel (Plavix), or other blood thinners (e.g. warfarin, apixaban), as these medications may have to be stopped prior to your procedure (except in certain circumstances such as coronary stents, where we may need to see you in the rooms prior to your procedure).
  • Other Medications: On the day of your procedure, please take all your usual other medications (e.g. blood pressure medications) with a sip of water at 6am.
  • Complications: After a procedure, if you have any severe abdominal pain, bleeding from the back passage, vomiting, fever, or other symptoms that cause you concern, you should contact the Hospital where you had the procedure or the rooms (office hours only) or your Medical Practitioner. Patients with severe symptoms may need to attend their nearest emergency department.