Specialist medical consultation is a process where patient and physician discuss patient's medical conditions, symptoms and further management. This time is used to explore patients symptoms, conduct a medical examination and review investigation results. Further tests are usually requested at this time, medication are prescribed and follow plans are discussed. It is necessary for the patients bring all the relevant previous investigation results, Xrays and list of medications when attending the consultation.
Open access endoscopy is widely used in Australia to minimize the time and cost of gastroscopy and colonoscopy. However in many situation that may not be possible and prior consultation with a gastroenterologist would make the endoscopy procedure easier, safer and most importantly productive. This is most important in colonoscopy. The procedure and bowel preparation can be properly discussed to minimize the difficulties with poor bowel preparation.
Following are some of the situation a prior consultation is advisable.