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Sedation for Procedures outside the Surgery

Sedation for MRI Scans:

We are unable to prescribe sedatives, such as diazepam, for any procedure or scan being undertaken outside of Schopwick Practice, this includes MRI scans and dental procedures.

If you feel you need sedation in such circumstances, please request the patient speak to the team undertaking the procedure or scan, as they are responsible for providing this if needed.

Sedatives are medicines which make patients sleepy and relaxed. There are several reasons why healthcare practitioners at Schopwick Practice do not prescribe these medicines for procedures outside of our practice:

  • GPs are not trained to provide the correct level of sedation for a procedure / scan. Providing too little sedation won’t help you, providing too much sedation can make you too sleepy, which could lead to the procedure being cancelled. Too much sedation can dangerously affect your breathing. After taking a sedative for a procedure or scan, you will need to be closely monitored to keep you safe.
  • Although diazepam makes most people who take it sleepy, in some rare situations it can have an opposite effect and make people aggressive or agitated.
  • Scans and hospital procedures are often delayed, therefore the team performing he procedure or scan should provide the sedation, to ensure you become sleepy and relaxed at the right time.

Feel free to provide this policy to patients so they can show their hospital team or dentist.

For more information please see the following patient information leaflet published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists

http://rcoa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2022-06/12-SedationExp2021web.pdf (link checked October 2022)

The following links provide further information:

Sedation, analgesia and anaesthesia in the radiology department – Royal College of Radiologists https://www.rcr.ac.uk/system/files/publication/field_publication_files/bfcr182_safe_sedation.pdf (link checked October 2022)

Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare Professionals: Standards and Guidance – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

https://www.aomrc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Safe_sedation_practice_for_healthcare_procedures_update_0521.pdf