Dr Matthew Hall

Preparation for colonoscopy

The bowel needs to be fully empty so the lining can be examined. This involves day 3 and 2 before the test of not having seeds or nuts (including wholemeal or multigrain bread). The day before the test the patient can only have clear fluids such as water, mineral water, sports drinks, cordial, soft drinks, juices (apple,grape)  jellies and clear soups. As close as possible to the time of the test, a “bowel prep” is taken-the two halves are taken 6-8 hours apart. This is a very salty solution and larger volume-1500ml. Having the solution ice cold, drinking it through a straw and with extra sweet flavouring such as cordials can help. There are smaller volume/less salty preparations which can be discussed with Dr Hall.