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Colonoscopy capacity in selected New South Wales hospitals

Shelanah A Fernando, Anne E Duggan, Owen F Dent and Maeve C Eikli
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (4): 249-250.
Published online: 20 August 2007

To the Editor: The recent editorial by Macrae1 outlined the potential issues facing the rollout of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. It is estimated there will be about 5000 additional colonoscopies performed in New South Wales in the first year.2 To ascertain how the NSW public health system might absorb this increased demand, the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (GMCT) Gastroenterology Network conducted a survey in 2006, featuring structured interviews with clinicians. Our aims were to estimate the current capacity of NSW public hospitals to perform colonoscopies and to identify perceived impediments to meeting future demand.

  • Shelanah A Fernando1
  • Anne E Duggan2
  • Owen F Dent3
  • Maeve C Eikli4

  • 1 Northern Clinical School, Royal North Shore Hospital and University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Gastroenterology, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 3 Department of Colorectal Surgery, Concord Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce, Sydney, NSW.


Acknowledgements: 

All clinicians who contributed to the survey gave up their time on a voluntary basis. We thank everyone who contributed, particularly Cameron Bell and John Napoli, who assisted with the pilot studies.

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