Colonoscopies are performed in the Endoscopy/Surgical Day Care Department on Level 3.
From the Main Entrance, continue down the Main Atrium, and go up the Grand Staircase to Level 3. Turn left and follow the hallway. Endoscopy/Surgical Day Care will be on the right, just past Unit 3B.
From the Main Entrance, continue down the Main Atrium, and turn right at the Grand Staircase – the elevator will be immediately on your right. Take the elevator up to Level 3. Turn right out of the elevator and follow the hallway. Endoscopy/Surgical Day Care will be on the right, just past Unit 3B.
Your first and best source of information about your health is your own health care provider (family physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) or your specialist.
However, the patient navigator is also available to assist you with any questions along your diagnostic journey. You can contact the patient navigator by calling (807) 684-6921 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Colorectal Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) at our Hospital is designed to streamline the process for colorectal cancer screening so that patients receive a colonoscopy faster. Patients are referred to the program by their health care provider (family physician, nurse practitioner etc.) if:
It is important to note that a referral to the Colorectal DAP does not necessarily mean that an individual has colorectal cancer.
The Colorectal DAP team contacts the patient directly and books appointments for patients as needed, including colonoscopy. A patient navigator coordinates the screening colonoscopy, explains the procedure and preparation required, and is available to answer any questions and to provide support throughout the process.
The Colorectal DAP team includes a patient navigator, colonoscopists (surgeons and gastroenterologists who perform colonoscopy procedures), nurses, and administrative staff. The colorectal DAP team works together to cover all aspects of a patient’s and family’s needs during testing, and provide the best possible care. The team continually communicates with the health care provider to keep them informed at all times.
The colorectal DAP team is a virtual program. This means that everything is organized over the telephone with the patient. Screening colonoscopies are scheduled in the Endoscopy/Surgical Day Care Department on Level 3 of the Health Sciences Centre.
Some patients may be scheduled for an appointment at their colonoscopist’s office before or after their colonoscopy. The navigator will provide appointment information if applicable.
A colonoscopy uses a long, flexible tube, called a colonoscope, to examine the inside walls of the colon (large intestine). The tip of the colonoscope has a very small camera and light that allows the physician to see the colon wall on a television monitor as the scope passes through the colon. The physician is looking for polyps (precancerous growths, or any other abnormalities).
The colorectal DAP accepts colonoscopy referrals directly from family physicians, primary care nurse practitioners and physicians at walk-in clinics.
The Colorectal DAP follows guidelines from Ontario’s organized colorectal cancer screening program ColonCancerCheck
Patients are eligible if:
Click to view and print the Screening Colonoscopy Referral Form and fax to DAP at: (807) 684-5810.
Please ensure that patients meet the DAP eligibility requirements outlined above.