Gastroenterology and Hepatology
(stomach, intestine and liver)
We provide specialised services to patients with gastrointestinal and liver disease.
We deliver high quality personalised patient care, including the management of:
- gastrointestinal diseases
- liver and biliary diseases
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel diseases)
- gastroenterological emergencies such as gastrointestinal bleeding and foreign body ingestion
- bowel cancer screening.
We offer a wide range of services including:
- care for critically ill patients needing hospital stay
- outpatient clinics: general gastroenterology, hepatology and inflammatory bowel disease
- endoscopy/gastroscopy (for investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the upper digestive system)
- colonoscopy (for investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the large bowel)
- endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP for investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the bile ducts and pancreas).
Our after-hours emergency service is managed through collaboration with Gastroenterology Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
How to access this service
To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.
If there is no waiting list you will be offered an appointment by the hospital.
If there is a waiting list, you will receive a referral acceptance letter and be advised on what to do next. When an appointment becomes available, you will be contacted by the hospital with an offer of an appointment. You will need to confirm your ability to attend, or contact the hospital to arrange a more suitable time. If you do not confirm your ability to attend, the hospital will not be able to hold the appointment for you and will offer it to another patient. While waiting for an appointment, we ask that you contact the hospital to update your personal details if they have changed since your referral was accepted.
After your hospital appointment
Your doctor may advise that you require surgery. If this is the case you will be placed on a surgical waiting list and may need to attend the Pre-admission Clinic before your surgery.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
- An adult carer to support you and take you home
- Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if you have one)
- A jacket or cardigan in case you get cold
- A dressing gown or cardigan, sleepwear or comfortable day clothes
- Slippers and shoes (low heel, closed-in, non-slip, adjustable and firm fitting around the foot)
- Your toiletries and personal items
- Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney if you have one
- Something to read or do during your stay
- Medical devices required for your care (e.g. CPAP machine)
- Do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you
Location: Specialist Outpatient Department, North Block, Redcliffe Hospital or Paediatric Outpatient Clinics (please refer to your confirmation letter or SMS)
Phone: (07) 3883 7770
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm
Location: Day Procedure Unit, Level 2, Redcliffe Hospital
Phone: (07) 3883 7800
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
Refer a patient
To refer a patient to this service, view the Gastroenterology referral guideline.
GP and Specialist Referral Hotline: 1300 364 938
For urgent consultation or patient referrals, please call (07) 3883 7777 and ask to talk to the Gastroenterology registrar.