We are a non-profit screening clinic, providing endoscopy
and colonoscopy screening procedures.
We are dedicated to improving access for patients requiring screening services.
We are a non-profit 10-bed residential hospice,
providing 24-hour comfort and care to adults
with life-limiting illness, and their families.
We are a non-profit ambulatory vision care centre,
providing surgical procedures, clinical vision care,
education and research. We are affiliated
with University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
We are a non-profit Eye Bank. We collect,
process and distribute donated human eyes
and tissue for sight-saving transplants.
We are a non-profit community care program,
providing on-sight and in-home services
for older adults and adults living with disabilities.
Our goal is to enhance social, intellectual and physical well-being.
We are a non-profit long-term care home with 350 residents.
We are a place where residents feel comfortable,
independent and part of our community.
You are free to eat and drink after the procedure unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor.
You will not be able to drive home by yourself, however. Due to the sedation you are considered legally impaired for 24 hours and you will not be permitted to drive yourself, take public transit or take a taxi cab unaccompanied. Please have a trusted person with you, not only to drive you home or accompany you in a taxi or on transit, but to discharge you from the clinic. If you choose not to be sedated, you do not need to have someone pick you up and you can leave on your own.
If a small polyp is found, the doctor will do a biopsy to test it. The biopsy involves taking a small piece of tissue from the colonoscopy and sending it to the lab. It will take approximately five to 10 business days before results are received. The doctor will contact you if there is anything of concern to address. Any findings will also be communicated to your referring doctor.
The gastroscopy itself takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Afterwards you may have a sore throat and feel bloated. Burping will help to relieve the bloating.
You must pre-arrange for someone to be available to drive you home following your procedure as you will not be able to drive yourself if you have had sedation.
You will also not be allowed to eat or drink for one hour after the test. It is advisable to start slowly with cool drinks for the next hour or two. Do not drink alcohol for the rest of the day.
If you have any severe pain in your chest or abdomen, or if you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, you must contact your doctor immediately.
Your doctor will speak to you after the test to give you the results – however you will be sleepy and may not remember. You may want to make an appointment to see the doctor to discuss the results on a separate day.