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Wait Time Information – Colonoscopy

Q: What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure performed by a trained doctor who uses a colonoscope (a long, flexible instrument about ½ inch in diameter) to examine the large intestine (colon and rectum). It is often used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as changes in bowel habits, rectal and intestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, or to screen individuals for colorectal polyps and cancer.

Q: Where will I be referred to have this procedure?

Ask your family doctor/specialist where you can have your procedure done, as these procedures are performed in the following hospitals:

Eastern Health
General Hospital - Health Sciences Centre - St. John's
St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital - St. John’s
Carbonear General Hospital - Carbonear
Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre - Burin
Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital - Clarenville
Central Health
James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre - Gander
Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre - Grand Falls-Windsor
Western Health
Western Memorial Regional Hospital - Corner Brook
Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital - Stephenville
Labrador-Grenfell Health
Labrador Health Centre - Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Labrador West Health Centre - Labrador City
Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital - St. Anthony

Q: How are wait times measured?

For this procedure, the wait time is measured from when you and your doctor decide to proceed with procedure to when the procedure is completed.

Q: What is the benchmark wait time for colonoscopy?

There is no national benchmark for this procedure.

Table 1: Urgent Colonoscopy Wait Times for Q2 (July 1 – September 30, 2016-2017)

Regional Health Authority Number of Urgent Colonoscopy Procedures 5 out of 10 patients had procedure within this number of days 9 out of 10 patients had procedure within this number of days Number of No-Shows
Hospital
Eastern
Health Sciences Centre 64 18 60 ≤5
St. Clare's Mercy Hospital 71 14 47 ≤5 
Carbonear General Hospital 66 20 59 ≤5
Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre 12 5 100
Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital 47 13 220
Central
James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre 82 1032 ≤5
Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre 97 1021 ≤5
Western
Western Memorial Regional Hospital 38 12 260
Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital 16 12 30 0
Labrador-Grenfell
Labrador Health Centre DS DS DS 0
Labrador West Health Centre DS DS DS0
Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital 6 15 16 0

Source: Regional Health Authorities, Newfoundland and Labrador
DS: Data Suppression – This indicates that a hospital performed 5 or less cases during the reporting period. To protect patient privacy, wait times associated with these small volumes will not be reported.
NV: No Volume – This indicates that a hospital did not perform this service during the reporting period, or that zero cases were carried out.
Date: January 30, 2017


Figure 1: Urgent Colonoscopy Wait Times for Q2 (July 1 – September 30, 2016-2017)

Colonoscopy Wait Time Data Chart

Source: Regional Health Authorities, Newfoundland and Labrador
DS: Data Suppression – This indicates that a hospital performed 5 or less cases during the reporting period. To protect patient privacy, wait times associated with these small volumes will not be reported.
NV: No Volume – This indicates that a hospital did not perform this service during the reporting period, or that zero cases were carried out.
Date: January 30, 2017

Colonoscopy Wait Time Data Q1 (July 1 – September 30, 2016-2017) PDF (312 KB)

 
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