MUHC turning away colonoscopy patients
The Royal Vic and the Montreal General Hospital are refusing patients for colonoscopies because of "significant backlog".
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), responsible for gastroenterology at the Royal Vic and the Montreal General Hospital, has been sending letters to physicians telling them that because of the large volume of requests they are unable to accommodate consultation requests and that patients should look for appointments elsewhere.
"If somebody is requiring a colonoscopy and they are refused at a major university hospital like the MUHC, what are we going to do about it? We have to address this issue in a timely manner." Barry Stein, President of the Colorectal Cancer Association, told CJAD.
"With our aging population and the awareness that colon cancer can be prevented there is an increase demand on the system however this is not something that is not foreseen, the government knows that this is a capacity that needs to be met."
Health Minister Réjean Hébert, told CJAD that this is a concern but hospitals need to revisit their waiting lists and that colonoscopies should only be reserved for patients with positive FIT tests, which is an at home stool test.
In a statement, the MUHC said their gastroenterology unit is one of the busiest in Canada and that they use a triage system to treat patients with urgent cases in timeframes determined by the Ministry of Health.
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