Open Access Endoscopy

Open Access Scheduling:

The increased demand over the past decade for gastrointestinal endoscopy, particularly colonoscopy, has led to a greater use of open access scheduling models in gastroenterology practices. Open-access procedures help to increase the overall capacity of a gastroenterology practice. Eliminating pre-procedure office visits in selected patients provides an efficient means to meet the growing need for colorectal cancer screening and possibly other endoscopic services, such as screening for Barrett's esophagus.


Open Access Endoscopy offers the medical community and their patients, rapid access to routine gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures without prior consultation with a gastroenterologist.

Efficient & Accessible:

Dr Bhandari and Gastroenterology & Nutritional Medical Services (GNMS) offers an efficient, accessible Open Access Endoscopy service. Patients require a letter of referral from their General Practitioner or Specialist and must be physically fit with no or few medical complaints, to be suitable for Open Access Endoscopy. Colonoscopy with polypectomy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy are the procedures performed on an ‘Open Access’ basis.


We Are Committed:

GNMS is committed to making colon cancer screening more convenient in addition to providing safe, effective outpatient colon cancer screening in a comfortable environment.

Pre-procedure History & Insurance Information:

You will need to complete this registration form that gives us your insurance information, so that we can get approval with your insurance company, before the procedure is performed.

Patients require a letter of referral:

You will also need to have your GP or referring physician fill out this referral form.


If you have any questions, please call our office.


Dr. Bhandari is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association
and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 

Dr. Bhandari has staff privileges at the
following hospitals and health centers:

Monday, Wednesday
& every other Thursday

Tuesday, Friday
& every other Thursday

Tuesday & every
other Thursday

Every other Friday

Every other Friday

Dr. Bhandari uses Miraca Life Sciences, the leader in providing
academic-caliber pathology services in the fields of dermatopathology,
GI pathology, hematopathology and urologic pathology.

Miraca Life Sciences Gastrointestinal Pathology Services

Dr. Bhandari uses GI Pathology, who provide the highest quality
GI pathology diagnoses, performed by fellowship-trained
gastrointestinal and liver pathologists.

Our Location:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

616 South Washington | Bastrop, LA 71220 | PH: 318 283-3990