General Surgery

Our General Surgery Service provides surgical procedures and clinics for elective and emergency general surgery patients. We see people who require surgical services associated with:

  • upper parts of the stomach and intestines (upper gastrointestinal)
    • gastroscopy
    • gastric cancer
    • oesophageal stricture
  • colorectal and small intestines (lower gastrointestinal)
    • anal conditions (tumours, severe haemorrhoids)
    • colon/caecal/rectal cancer
    • colonoscopy
    • diverticulosis/abscess
  • pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile duct (hepatopancreatobiliary)
    • gall bladder disease and cholelithiasis
    • pepatic tumours
    • pancreatitis/pancreatic tumours
  • skin pathology
  • abscess/temporal artery biopsy
  • vascular access for chemotherapy
  • hernia
  • breast and endocrine
    • adrenal tumours
    • benign/malignant breast conditions
    • thyroid/parathyroid tumours.

Our services

We offer a range of elective and emergency services including:

  • laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery)
  • emergency management of acute abdominal conditions.

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 a waiting list, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.

Refer a patient

To refer a patient to this service, view the General Surgery referral guideline.

GP and Specialist Referral Hotline: 1300 364 938

Please attach all relevant information including past medical history, current medications, any operative reports of previous surgeries and previous discharge summaries, and all investigations (blood tests, radiology etc) relating to current problem.

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

Each time you visit us
  • 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

Clinics

Main Building

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Contact us

Surgical Services Office
Location: Level 2, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 6391
Fax: (07) 3139 6103
Email:

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 General Surgery referral guideline.

GP and Specialist Referral Hotline:
1300 364 938