Epworth Priority Endoscopy



Endoscopy—primarily colonoscopy and gastroscopy—can be used to diagnose many conditions, including bowel cancer and coeliac disease.

 

Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides easy access to a colonoscopy and gastroscopy performed by specialists using the latest technology, with all specialists and anaesthetist fees covered for patients with eligible health cover.

 

We believe a hospital setting for endoscopy procedures is the safest place for patients, with the additional benefit of continuity of care if the results reveal further investigation or treatment is required.

 

Ask your GP about a referral to Epworth Priority Endoscopy today.

 
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Information for Patients

What is an Endoscopy?

An endoscopy is an inspection of body organs or cavities using a flexible tube with a camera and light attached. While there are many types of endoscopy, Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides access to the two most common types of endoscopy—colonoscopy and gastroscopy.

 

Making an Appointment

Prior to undergoing a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, you will need to have a consultation with your GP, who will determine if you are suitable to be referred directly to Epworth Priority Endoscopy.

 

Once your GP has given you a referral, you can contact your preferred Epworth hospital to book an appointment with either your preferred specialist, or the next available specialist.

 

You will also undergo a pre-admission consultation to confirm your suitability for Epworth Priority Endoscopy, but generally will only meet with the specialist who is performing your procedure on the day of your admission to Epworth, unless they specifically request to see you earlier.

 

If you are not suitable to be referred directly to Epworth Priority Endoscopy, your GP can still refer you to one of Epworth’s leading specialists for a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, however you will need to undergo a further consultation with a specialist prior to the procedure.

 

Pre-admission Information

Prior to undergoing a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, you are required to undertake preparation in order for the procedure to be successful, which may include fasting and taking a bowel preparation.

 

The booklet below contains important pre-procedure information you need to be aware of, in addition to any instructions your treating specialist provides you with.

Patient Pre-admission Information Booklet

 
 
 

 

 

Locations and specialists

 

 

Epworth Eastern

Contact the Endoscopy Unit on 03 8807 7151 or fax 03 8807 7676. 

 

Dr Ross Balson

Mr Simon Banting

Dr Ray Buttigieg

Mr Richard Cade

Mr Frank Chen

Mr Anthony Clough

Dr Wayne Friedman

Mr Sayed Hassen

Dr Andrius Kalade

Mr James Keck

A/Prof Jack Mackay

Mr Patrick Moore

Dr LAwrence Moran

Dr Evan Newnham

Dr Carolyn Quan

Mr Mal Steel

Dr Andrew Taylor

Dr May-Ling Wong

Mr Rod Woods

Mr Erik Koppert

Dr Elizabeth Chow

Dr Sally James

 

 

Contact the Day Procedure Centre on 03 9418 8189 or fax 03 9418 8186.

 

Dr Georgina Baker

Mr Stephen McLaughlin

Dr Ashley Miller

Dr Ed Shelton 

Mr Craig Murphy

Dr Anthony Rode

Dr Chat Jayasekera

 

Epworth Geelong has a dedicated website. Please visit the Endoscopy page for more information.


 

Epworth Richmond

Contact Admissions on ​03 9426 6155 or email booking@epworth.org.au​ 


Dr Andrew Brett
Mr Peter Danne
Mr Ian Hastie
Mr Alexander Heriot
Mr Craig Lynch
Prof Geoffrey Metz
Mr Peter Prichard

Dr Adele Burgess

Dr Ed Shelton  

Dr Suresh Sivanesan
Dr Peter Tagkalidis
Mr Dhan Thiruchelvam
Dr May-Ling Wong
Dr John Halliday
Dr Anthony Rode
Dr Chatura Jayasekera

Dr Elizabeth Chow

 



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Information for GPs

Patient Referral

GPs can refer suitable patients who require a colonoscopy or gastroscopy directly to Epworth Priority Endoscopy by filling out a referral form.

 

Referral forms that can be downloaded into your GP software are available below.

Please note: Elderly patients and those with complex health issues may not be suitable for direct access endoscopy. These patients may need prior consultation in our specialists’ rooms which Epworth will facilitate in conjunction with our participating doctors.

 

Referral Form - PDF Version

 

To download the referral form for GP software in .rtf format, please right click on the files below and click 'save target as'. Please ensure you do not save the .rtf files as an MS Word document.

 

Referral Form - Best Practice (.rtf)

Referral Form - Medical Director (.rtf)

 

Completed referrals can be faxed to the patient’s preferred Epworth location.

 

Admissions staff will then contact the patient to make an appointment.

 

Alternatively, you can request the patient to contact their preferred Epworth hospital by phone to make an appointment.

To obtain an Epworth Priority Endoscopy  referral pad, please contact us by email.

 

Accredited Specialists Listing

Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides access to over 50 specialists across three Epworth hospitals.

 

By selecting ‘Next Available Specialist’ on the referral form, your patient will have easy access to one of Epworth’s accredited specialists. You can also nominate a preferred specialist on the referral form.

 

Patient Pre-admission Information

Prior to undergoing a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, patients will undergo a pre-admission consultation to confirm their suitability for Epworth Priority Endoscopy.

Generally, patients will only meet with the specialist who is performing the procedure on the day of admission to Epworth, unless specifically requested.

The booklet below contains important pre-procedure information patients need to be aware of, in addition to any instructions their specialist provides. Epworth provides a copy of this booklet to patients prior to their procedure.

 

Patient Pre-admission Information Booklet

About Endoscopy

An endoscopy is an inspection of body organs or cavities using a flexible tube with a camera and light attached. While there are many types of endoscopy, Epworth Priority Endoscopy provides access to the two most common types of endoscopy—colonoscopy and gastroscopy.

At Epworth Priority Endoscopy, these procedures are generally performed as a day procedure, involving only a short period of sedation, with patients admitted just prior to the procedure. This allows for minimal waiting time and disruption to the patients’ schedule.

 

About Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside lining of your large bowel. The doctor will use a colonoscope - a long, thin flexible tube with a small camera and light attached, to see pictures of the inside of your bowel on a video screen.

 

The colonoscope bends so it can move around the curves of your colon. It can  also be used to remove growths or polyps, which are fleshy growths in the bowel lining. A colonoscopy can also be used to take a biopsy, a very small section of the bowel lining, which can be tested to identify many conditions.

 

About Gastroscopy

A gastroscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The doctor will use a gastroscope, a small, flexible fibre optic instrument, to pass through the mouth to allow a direct visual inspection of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodendum (small bowel).

 

A gastroscopy can also be used to take a biopsy, a very small section of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which can be tested to identify a range of conditions.​