Direct Access Colonoscopy is a program run in Australia that allows patients who meet certain criteria to be referred by their GP or medical specialist to undergo a colonoscopy without the normal requirement of a consultation with the relevant medical specialist.
Patients should be fit, healthy and under 80 years of age. They should not be on anticoagulant treatment. There should be no previous history of heart, kidney or liver disease, severe lung conditions and they should not have diabetes or epilepsy.
Patients should also have one of the following:
- A positive FOBT (Faecal Occult Blood Test).
- A family history of colorectal cancer.
- Previous precancerous polyps.
- Rectal bleeding (where patient is over 50).