New Patients

Thank you for becoming a patient of Gastro Health. Prior to your first appointment, please fill out these new patient forms and bring them with you to your first visit. Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time to ensure all paperwork is complete before your appointment. Additionally, please bring with you a copy of your photo ID, insurance card(s) including Medicare and DSHS cards, a referral issued by your primary care physician (if required by your insurance), a list of medications you’re taking and any test or medical results that pertain to your visit.

If your insurance plan has an office visit copay, this amount will be required at the time of your visit. We accept cash, checks, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, and MasterCard.

We require a minimum of two business days’ notice for appointment changes. A missed appointment fee ($75-200) may be charged for appointments that are missed or cancelled without this notice.

Safety

At Gastro Health Washington, formerly Puget Sound Gastroenterology, we take the safety of our patients and staff seriously. Each of our site locations adheres to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) Act standards and Washington state laws. Firearms, knives or weapons of any sort are not permitted on our premises. Smoking is not allowed within any of our buildings; a receptionist can direct you to a designated outdoor smoking area that is at least 25 feet from any windows or doorways. We also ask that during your visit you please refrain from cell phone use and put the ringer on silent or vibrate as a courtesy to others. We appreciate your cooperation and help to keep our practice a safe environment for all who visit.

We look forward to seeing you!

New Patient Forms

Procedure Preparation

Endoscopy procedures require preparations that are important to ensure a thorough exam. Your health status and current medications will be reviewed to choose the best possible preparation for you. When you have scheduled a date for the procedure, detailed preparation instructions will be given to you.
Your instructions will explain the following:

  • Medication changes: you will be advised if you need to adjust dosage for blood thinners (Coumadin, aspirin, anti-inflammatory), diabetic (oral or insulin), and diuretics.
  • Diet changes: usually there are food restrictions the day before the procedure, some time on clear liquids, and then nothing by mouth for several hours prior to the procedure.
  • Preparation for Upper Endoscopy: usually includes diet and possible medication adjustments.
  • Preparation for Colonoscopy: includes diet and possible medication adjustments plus a laxative to thoroughly cleanse the colon.
  • Transportation: you will be given intravenous sedation for the procedure so you will need to arrange a driver to and from the procedure. You should not drive for at least 12 hours after the procedure.

Driver/Escort Information 

  • From the time the patient is taken back for their procedure until the time they are ready to go is approximately 1½ to 2 hours. We prefer that you do not leave, but if it is unavoidable, let the receptionist know that you are leaving. Leave a good phone number you can be reached at and make sure you check for voice messages while you are gone. Please check back in with the receptionist when you return. You will have 30 minutes to return to the clinic when you receive a call from us.
  • If the procedure is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. or later, we ask that you stay at the facility.
  • If you are concerned with the wait time being longer than what you were told, please speak with the receptionist.
  • If the doctor is running behind, we will keep you updated as best we can.
  • The person that you are escorting home will have received sedation and they will be drowsy, forgetful and even fatigued. Use your best judgment on what you do on the way home. It might be best to just take them home to eat and rest for the remainder of the day. They should not return to work.