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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
Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital - 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 Q3 (October 1 – December 31, 2014-2015)

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 106 27 68 DS
St. Clare's Mercy Hospital 76 27 59 DS
Carbonear General Hospital 49 9 22 DS
Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre 23 6 9 0
Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital 62 14 66 DS
Central        
James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre 57 7 13 DS
Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre 114 12 17 6
Western        
Western Memorial Regional Hospital 74 14 32 DS
Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital 6 10 20 0
Labrador-Grenfell        
Labrador Health Centre 9 13 22 0
Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital DS DS DS 0
Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital 12 5 7 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: July 20, 2015

Figure 1: Urgent Colonoscopy Wait Times for Q3 (October 1 – December 31, 2014-2015)

Wait Time 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: July 20, 2015

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