An Endoscopy is a procedure where a small flexible camera is used to see the inside of the body, for screening and diagnostic purposes.

The Endoscopy Unit at Joseph Brant Hospital performs over 8,000 endoscopic procedures a year, including:

  • Gastroscopy
  • Enteroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (E.R.C.P.)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Paracentesis/Thoracentesis


The Endoscopy Unit is located on Level 2 of the South Tower.

Hours of Operation

The Endoscopy unit performs scheduled and emergency procedures. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Procedures are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Patients are seen by referral. 


Before your procedure

The type of procedure you are having will determine the steps you need to take to prepare yourself. Review relevant Patient Information.

On the day of your procedure

  • Take your morning medication as instructed by your doctor with small sips of water.
  • Remove all jewelry.

  • Remove contact lenses.

  • Leave your money, credit cards, jewelry and valuables at home when possible.
  • If you are on your period, use a pad, not a tampon. 

  • Do not wear perfumes or colognes or use scented lotions or deodorants.

  • Bring your inhalers, insulin, nitro spray and eye drops to the hospital.
  • If you have sleep apnea, bring your CPAP machine. Make sure it is clean and in working order.

What to Expect

On the day of your procedure

  • Arrive 30 minutes before your appointment.
  • Check-in at the registration desk on Level 2 of the South Tower
  • You will receive an armband with your name and personal health information relevant to your visit. To ensure safety and quality of care, it will be checked many times during your care.
  • You may receive sedation during your procedure. If you have sedation during your procedure, you must have an adult with you when you go home. You cannot drive for 24 hours or leave the hospital alone using public transit.
  • Most patients are ready to go home one hour after their procedure is complete.

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