Information for Patients

Open Access Endoscopy

Open access endoscopy with GastroIntestinal Endoscopy offers an experienced, efficient and accessible service for upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. ‘Open access’ means that General Practitioners and Specialists can directly refer a patient for a procedure without the requirement to have a one-on-one consultation with the gastroenterologist. Please review the Information for Patients brochure for more information regarding the procedures, process and patient suitability.

Patients require a letter of referral from their GP or Specialist requesting an endoscopic procedure and can then phone 1300 4 GASTRO (1300 4 42787) to make an appointment at a location and time that is most convenient for them. Upper endoscopy requests require a single appointment for the procedure and paperwork is mailed to the patient. A request for colonoscopy or both upper endoscopy plus colonoscopy requires two appointments. The first appointment is for a discussion with a registered nurse for the preparation for colonoscopy, this is made at least one week prior to the procedure. The second appointment is for the procedure/s. The majority of bookings can be accommodated within two to three weeks. If your referring doctor has deemed your case to be of an urgent nature, please discuss this with the administration staff.

When making a booking with one of our friendly administration team please have on hand your:

– Your referral letter addressed to Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to confirm procedure information
– Medicare card number
– Health fund details (if applicable)
– DVA/Pension/ health care card details (if applicable)

Please note:
– Patients require intravenous sedation for endoscopic procedures and will require a responsible adult to drive them home and stay with them for 12 hours following the procedure. You will not be able to operate machinery or sign legal documents post procedure.
– If polyps have been removed during your procedure, due to safety reasons, interstate travel and international travel should not be undertaken within 48 hours and two weeks respectively.
– Patients who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of approximately 40 will be booked into the Wesley or North West Hospital facilities. Patients with a BMI greater than 40 may not suitable for open access procedures due to safety concerns and may require a private consultation with an individual gastroenterologist. Calculate your BMI here.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions and Information

Please click on the links for information regarding the below Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions.

We acknowledge GESA for allowing GastroIntestinal Endoscopy access to their website and brochures for patient information purposes.