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Austin Health's Gastroenterology Department provides expert care and treatment for people's medical needs associated with the digestive system and liver.

Important information on coronavirus for our patients:

Click or tap here for advice on COVID-19 for our patients with gastrointestinal and liver disorders. This information has been provided by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.

What does the Gastroenterology Department do?

Austin Health's Gastroenterology Department specialise in:

  • gastrointestinal issues
  • liver diseases including hepatitis, gallbladder and bile duct diseases
  • liver transplant
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn's and ulcertativecolitis
  • pancreatic disease
  • oesophageal diseases
  • Coeliac disease

Our trained doctors and advanced practice nurse endoscopists perform endoscopy procedures on patients requiring investigation and diagnosis.

Referral from your GP

All patients require a specalists clinic referral form from their GP or medical practitioner to access the gastroenterology service.

For all endoscopy services, please fill in the endoscopy referral form.

Your doctor will need to fax your referral to 9496 2097 along with all other relevant information and clinical results for timely triage. We will assess your referral for urgency and be in contact with you in the clinically recommended times to provide you with an appointment.

What to you need to bring

Every time a patient visits Austin Health
  • Medicare card
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if applicable)
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if applicable)
  • Previous and related x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Visual, hearing and walking aids
For day procedures
  • Responsible adult carer to stay with you to understand instructions, assist you and take you home
  • Comfortable day clothes
 For overnight (or longer) stays
  • Dressing gown or comfortable day clothes and shoes
  • Personal hygiene items: shampoo, shaving cream, shaver, toothpaste, deodorant etc
  • Entertainment: a book or an iPad/tablet with headphones
Don’t bring (for an overnight or longer stay)
  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash
  • Valuables, such as jewellery or watches

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