Registered Nurse Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
In Ontario, registered nurse flexible sigmoidoscopy can be performed by a physician, or by a specially trained registered nurse under the medical directive of a physician as part of the Registered Nurse Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (RNFS) Program.
People are eligible for colorectal cancer screening with registered nurse flexible sigmoidoscopy if they meet the criteria below. Referral from a primary care provider is required.
- Men and women ages 50 to 74
- Average risk of colorectal cancer:
- No first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with the disease
- No personal history of pre-cancerous colorectal polyps requiring surveillance or inflammatory bowel disease (i.e. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Due for colorectal cancer screening:
- No fecal occult blood test in the past 2 years, flexible sigmoidoscopy in the past 10 years or colonoscopy in the past 10 years
How to Refer Patients
In regions with a registered nurse flexible sigmoidoscopy (RNFS) site, primary care providers have the option of referring eligible people for colorectal cancer screening with this method.
If no RNFS site is available in a region, primary care providers can:
- refer patients to the closest RNFS site in another region
- refer patients to an endoscopist for flexible sigmoidoscopy
- discuss other screening tests with their patients
To refer a patient, request a referral form from one of the sites listed below.
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The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
613-798-5555 ext. 10402
Timmins and District Hospital
705-267-2131 ext. 2306