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Direct Access - Easy way to sign up for a colonoscopy screening

Jun 15, 2020, 14:40 PM
Skagit Regional Health expands Direct Access program for colonoscopies to Arlington.

Skagit Regional Health’s Endoscopy Department offers a Direct Access program allowing patients to register, schedule and receive a screening colonoscopy without a doctor’s referral. Healthy adults over the age of 50 who have not had any colon-related symptoms (rectal bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc.) or any other major health problems are eligible.

The Direct Access program began in 2010 at Skagit Valley Hospital and was recently expanded to the Arlington Surgery Center. Clinical Manager of Endoscopy Stacy Gonzales, RN, noted that her team sees an average of 50 patients each month who have utilized the self-referral program. 

Patients who have used Direct Access describe the process as “easy” and “simple to use,” and it means just one trip for an appointment. Patients begin the process with a simple phone call or email to the Endoscopy Department’s Direct Access team.

A nurse will contact the patient to review their health history, assist in the registration process and will coordinate an appointment time for the exam. This part of the process can take up to 30 minutes to complete on the phone. The colonoscopy appointment is typically scheduled to occur within two weeks.

Patients who do not qualify for Direct Access due to their health history or current symptoms will be connected with Skagit Regional Health's Gastroenterology department for a consult with a GI specialist.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all men and women aged 50 and older talk with their doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer. After age 50, colonoscopies are recommended every 10 years to detect precancerous polyps and early-stage colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. Regular screening colonoscopy is one of the most powerful means of prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. Studies show that when colorectal cancer is caught early, it is easier to treat.

To schedule a colonoscopy through SRH's Direct Access program, call 360-814-5739 in Mount Vernon or 360-618-7975 in Arlington.

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Direct Access - Easy way to sign up for a colonoscopy screening

Jun 15, 2020, 14:40 PM
Skagit Regional Health expands Direct Access program for colonoscopies to Arlington.

Skagit Regional Health’s Endoscopy Department offers a Direct Access program allowing patients to register, schedule and receive a screening colonoscopy without a doctor’s referral. Healthy adults over the age of 50 who have not had any colon-related symptoms (rectal bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc.) or any other major health problems are eligible.

The Direct Access program began in 2010 at Skagit Valley Hospital and was recently expanded to the Arlington Surgery Center. Clinical Manager of Endoscopy Stacy Gonzales, RN, noted that her team sees an average of 50 patients each month who have utilized the self-referral program. 

Patients who have used Direct Access describe the process as “easy” and “simple to use,” and it means just one trip for an appointment. Patients begin the process with a simple phone call or email to the Endoscopy Department’s Direct Access team.

A nurse will contact the patient to review their health history, assist in the registration process and will coordinate an appointment time for the exam. This part of the process can take up to 30 minutes to complete on the phone. The colonoscopy appointment is typically scheduled to occur within two weeks.

Patients who do not qualify for Direct Access due to their health history or current symptoms will be connected with Skagit Regional Health's Gastroenterology department for a consult with a GI specialist.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all men and women aged 50 and older talk with their doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer. After age 50, colonoscopies are recommended every 10 years to detect precancerous polyps and early-stage colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. Regular screening colonoscopy is one of the most powerful means of prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. Studies show that when colorectal cancer is caught early, it is easier to treat.

To schedule a colonoscopy through SRH's Direct Access program, call 360-814-5739 in Mount Vernon or 360-618-7975 in Arlington.