Urgent Message to all Nurse Endoscopists

The issue of administering controlled drugs during colonoscopy by nurse endoscopists has recently been highlighted by the RCN. An investigation into the practice of obtaining a medical signature after administration of a controlled drug is currently under review and will result in disciplinary action. This is an illegal act and will therefore be dealt with accordingly. All nurse endoscopists must obtain a documented prescription prior to administering a controlled drug at any time during a colonoscopy procedure.

Further information may be found on the National Prescribing Centre's website: