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The Endoscopy Unit performs a range of procedures. We use a long, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end called an endoscope for most procedures. Staff insert the end with the camera into your body and look at the footage on a large screen.
Some procedures are different. For example, a 'pill cam' is a tiny, capsule-shaped camera that you swallow.
One of our gastroenterologists or nurse endoscopists will perform your procedure.
Sometimes we may perform other minor procedures during your planned procedure, such as removing a polyp.
We perform the following procedures:
You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.
Find out how to refer your patient.
When we receive a referral for your endoscopic procedure, you are placed on the Endoscopy Waiting List.
You will receive a waiting list letter and be asked to complete a Patient Health Questionnaire Form.
Once the form is completed and returned in the prepaid envelope to the Endoscopy Booking Office, we can proceed to book your procedure. If the form is not completed and returned, you will be removed from the waiting list and you will need a new referral.
Depending on the urgency of the procedure, you will either be:
Patients who need a colonoscopy need to take preparation medicine the day before the procedure. Preparation instructions are sent out with your booking letter. This preparation ensures the endoscopist can clearly see the lining of the large bowel. You must follow these preparation instructions carefully, as we cannot do your procedure unless your bowel is clear.
You may have your procedure at the Austin Hospital or Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.
Check the information you have received to make sure you know which hospital to visit. If you are unsure, call your surgical liaison nurse or contact us on the numbers below.
The Surgery & Endoscopy Centre
Level 2, Austin Tower
145 Studley Road Heidelberg
The Surgery Centre
Level 2, Centaur Building
300 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe
Contact the Endoscopy liaison nurse or Endoscopy Booking Team
Phone: 03 9496 3655
Open hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm
Endoscopy Booking Office
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg Victoria 3084