Southwest General now offers an Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program,
which makes scheduling of screening colonoscopies easier. The program
provides the option for eligible patients to skip the pre-colonoscopy
doctor’s visit and directly schedule the procedure. To determine
eligibility, patients are required to fill out an online application that
contains a medical history questionnaire before being scheduled.
Our team will review applications daily and call within two business days
to let patients know if they qualify for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening
Program. If you qualify, you will be scheduled with our next available
physician for your screening colonoscopy.
Healthy individuals who are aged 50 or older and need a routine screening
colonoscopy are excellent candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening
Program. Those who are experiencing digestive health issues will be asked
to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist prior to scheduling
a colonoscopy and are not candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program.
One important benefit of the program is that it can be ideal for busy lifestyles
because you control your scheduling options without having to see a physician first.