"Upper GI Endoscopy"

About: Royal United Hospital

I was disappointed that the information leaflet provided to me before my procedure was wrong. The leaflet explained - "If you have sedation, then for the next 24 hours you must not: drive any motor vehicle. This is a legal requirement not advice." - In fact this is only advice. The Road Traffic Act or any other Act does not set out the timings for driving after any sedation, procedure or medication, In fact, just because the anaesthetist says you can drive at any time you should only do so if you consider yourself fit and well to drive. I then reviewed the other information given. it was out of date, incomplete or simply wrong to my experience.

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Response from Royal United Hospital

Thank you for your comments. Our anaesthetic department guidance is that it is not safe for patients to drive for up to 24 hours following sedation. We strongly advise patients to follow this clinical guidance when considering whether they are fit to drive, particularly as our guidance would very likely be referred to when judging someone’s fitness to drive. We hope that this clarifies the guidance you received. I am sorry to learn that you had concerns about other aspects of the pre-procedure information; I’d be grateful if you could contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01225 825656 or via email at ruh-tr.PatientAdviceandLiaisonService@nhs.net so that we can look into this further.

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