Clinics and Referral Information

Clinical care

The Department of Gastroenterology at St Vincent's Hospital provides a comprehensive range of consultative and diagnostic procedures in gastroenterology.  It has a particular interest in chronic viral hepatitis and other liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, therapeutic endoscopy and oesophageal disorders.

Specialist Clinics

General Gastroenterology Clinic
  • The general gastroenterology clinic is held on Monday afternoons 
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinics
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, St Vincent's Hospital Campus (this clinic is held on Monday mornings)
  • Preconception and Pregnancy IBD Clinic, St Vincent’s Hospital Campus (the Preconception and Pregnancy IBD Clinic is held on Wednesday mornings)
  • Please FAX referral letter to: (03) 9231 3590 Att: Dr Sally Bell
  • Referral criteria: Female patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are pregnant or considering pregnancy
  • Enquiries Dr Emma Flanagan Tel: (03) 9231 2211
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Werribee Mercy Hospital Campus (this clinic is held on Thursday mornings) 
Liver Clinics 
  • The liver clinic is held on Friday mornings
  • Hepatitis Clinic, St Vincent’s Hospital Campus (the hepatitis clinic is held on Wednesday mornings)
  • Hepatitis Clinic, Werribee Mercy Hospital Campus (the hepatitis clinic in Werribee is held on Thursday mornings) 
  • HCV treatment – request for consultation for GP prescription of HCV medicines 
  • Referral Templates and Pre-Referral Guidelines
Obesity Management Clinic
  • The obesity management Clinic is held on alternate Thursday afternoons
  • please fax referrals to (03) 9231 3590
  • Referral criteria: BMI 35kg/m2 with medical co-morbidities that will improve with weight loss

Referral Information

Diagnostic Services

Endoscopy

  • Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, pillcam, specialized endoscopic procedures including ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, push enteroscopy, endoscopic stenting, double-balloon endoscopy, HALO radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic surgical dissection 
  • Patients requiring endoscopy must be assessed in gastroenterology clinic prior to the procedure – please refer patients for an appointment
  • Refer to the Endoscopy page for more information

Liver Fibroscan

  • An appointment for a liver fibroscan can be made by completing the Fibroscan Request Form and FAX to: (03) 9231 3590

Oesophageal manometry, pH monitoring

The Department provides a comprehensive oesophageal motility service, including 24 hour pH probe. Appointments can be made by completing the following referral form. If you have an urgent enquiry please call the manometry nurse co-ordinator on (03) 9231 3529

Hepatitis Nurse Consultants

Hepatitis nurse consultants co-ordinate care for our patients with chronic viral hepatitis:

  • Ensure that patients who are treatment candidates or have advanced liver disease are reviewed in a timely manner
  • Provide support to patients undergoing treatment for Hepatitis. 
  • Provide individual education and advice to GPs about hepatitis and the appropriate management 
  • Support GPs to participate in the hepatitis shared care program
  • Co-ordinate GP requests for consultation for prescription of HCV medicines

Contact: 

Susanne Glasgow and Kate New: 
Tel: (03) 9231 2259
Fax: (03) 9231 3489

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Consultants

IBD nurse consultants co-ordinate care for our patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease being treated with biological agents (anti-TNF therapy):

  • Assess patient’s suitability for biological (anti-TNF) treatment for IBD in compliance with the Medicare guidelines and to ensure patients Receive such appropriate drug treatments
  • Educate patients  adequately regarding biologic therapy for IBD (particularly self-managed), 
  • Monitor patients throughout their course of therapy in consultation with the treating gastroenterologist

Contact:

Tamie / Kathryn / Stephanie:
Tel: (03) 9231 3460
Fax: (03) 9231 3644



Enquiries:

  • Patient enquiries Tel: (03) 9231 3475 
  • GP enquiries Tel: (03) 9231 2898
  • FAX referrals to: (03) 9231 3489
  • Lead nurse Tel: (03) 9231 3325
  • Referral officer Tel: (03) 9231 1256