Nurse performed flexible sigmoidoscopy referral

St. Mary’s is pleased to be one of nine pilot sites in Ontario offering RN-Performed Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Having specially trained nurses perform this procedure increases screening capacity for patients with an average risk of developing colorectal cancer

Nurses have been trained by physicians at the Michener Institute in Toronto to perform Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Studies have found that there is no difference in patient satisfaction with nurses and physician scopists (Atkin et. al., 2005).

Patients require a referral from a family doctor, based on the following criteria:

  • Age 50-74
  • Have not previously had a positive FOBT
  • No first-degree family history of colorectal cancer
  • No history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • No history of large bowel symptoms, such as rectal bleeding
  • No previous polyps or personal history of colorectal cancer
  • Not on anticoagulant therapy

Information & referrals:

Patients with a positive FOBT or first degree family history of colorectal cancer may be referred to the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program’s Regional Colonoscopy Network (RCN).

If you have any questions about referrals or the eligibility criteria to the RN-Performed Flexible Sigmoidoscopy project, please contact the program coordinator:

Nicole Menard, Program Coordinator
519-749-6578 ext. 4046

In partnership with the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program.