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SJHH / Health Services/ Surgical Services/ Endoscopy Unit

Endoscopy Unit

What this program does…

The Endoscopy Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a state of the art facility that performs over 13,200 procedures a year. It is staffed by Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Respirologists and highly specialized endoscopy nurses. Our team includes dedicated booking clerks, room attendants and cleaning staff, supported by a core group of volunteers.

Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end of it. This instrument is called an endoscope.

How this program helps...

We provide acute care to both the inpatient and outpatient populations, as well as screening procedures for diagnostic and preventative purposes.
The Unit is an affiliated Cancer Care Ontario endoscopy site for screening colonoscopies and for the Nurse Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Program. The Endoscopy Unit provides a broad range of endoscopic services including:

  • Gastroscopy
  • Enteroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiography (ERCP)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Stenting
  • Dilatation
  • Acute management of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Hemorroidal banding
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

Colorectal Screening Program (CRS)

Colorectal cancer is the most common cause of non-tobacco related cancer deaths in Canadian men and women, accounting for 10% of all cancer deaths.  Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates in Ontario are among the highest in the world.  Screening offers the best opportunity to reduce this burden of disease.  The two screening methods recommended for men and women 50 years of age and older by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care are Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) and/or Flexible Sigmoidoscopy.  Another risk factor is a positive family history of colon cancer.  Patients who present with a positive FOBT or positive family history are eligible for the colon screening program at SJHH.  Once referred by the Family Physician into the Colorectal Screening (CRS) Program, a patient can expect to book their screening colonoscopy within 4 weeks.

CRS Referral Form

Nurse Performed Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Program (RNFS)

The Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Program is a Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) initiative operating at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton to support the screening of average risk individuals for colorectal cancer. The Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Program is a recognized part of ColonCancerCheck under the broader Integrated Cancer Screening program. The focus is on 50- 74 year old Ontarians who meet the criteria to be screened for colon cancer in a timely, safe and effective manner.

RNFS Referral Form

Your Care Team

The Endoscopy Unit consists of trained and accredited endoscopists, trained nursing and support staff.


For more information about this program or Colorectal Screening please contact us at 905-522-1155 Ext. 34983

The Endoscopy Unit is located at the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Charlton Campus, 3rd Floor, Mary Grace Building

Preparing for Your Visit

Please see these useful resources to help prepare for your visit or procedure:

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Resources and Forms

Getting Ready for Surgery
Patient Questionnaire (Part 1)
Patient Questionnaire (Part 2)
Pre-Op Registration Form (Part 1)
Pre-Op Registration Form (Part 2)
Pre-Op Registration Form (Part 3)
Pre-Op Registration Form (Part 4)