Self-Referral Colonoscopy

Self Referral Colonoscopy

Self-referral, or open access, colorectal cancer screening is for patients age 45-70 who are in generally good health, have no gastrointestinal symptoms, and require a routine colonoscopy (either initial or follow-up colonoscopy after initial screening) for colorectal cancer.

Eligible patients should meet the following criteria:

  • Age 45-70, 45 if African American, 40-49 for patients who have a first-degree relative with colon cancer age 50 or younger
  • No previous problems with moderate sedation or anesthesia
  • No anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs (Coumadin, Plavix, etc.)
  • No significant illnesses including poorly controlled diabetes, significant cardiac disease, severe breathing problems, liver problems or kidney problems
  • No chronic use of narcotics, benzodiazepines or other sedatives
  • No gastrointestinal symptoms, e.g. abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or change in bowel habits

Patients who meet the above criteria can register using one of two methods:

1. Complete the self-referral colonoscopy questionnaire, print and mail to:

Paulding County Hospital Surgery Department 1035 West Wayne Street Paulding, Ohio 45879

2. Call the Paulding County Hospital Surgery Department at 419-399-1148 to provide the required information.

Information submitted by the self-referral colonoscopy questionnaire or by telephone will be reviewed.

Please allow up to 5-7 business days before you receive a return telephone call to schedule the procedure and receive pre-procedure colonoscopy and preparation instructions.

If after review of the submitted information, our staff finds that the patient is not eligible for self-referral Colonoscopy, we will contact the patient to schedule a clinic appointment.