Colonoscopy – a procedure to look at the inside of the large bowel (colon) using a flexible telescope. See resources below for a link to further information.
Gastroscopy (upper GI endoscopy) – a procedure to look at the inside of your oesophagus and stomach using a flexible telescope. See resources below for a link to further information.
Gastroscopy (upper GI endoscopy) and colonoscopy – both of the above procedures. See resources below for a link to further information.
Patients with stomach or bowel symptoms who have discussed these with their GP or medical specialist. The symptoms require further investigation by colonoscopy, gastroscopy or both.
A referral to Bendigo Health is required from either your GP or medical specialist.
Where is my referral?
Your referral will have been sent to Bendigo Health clinics where it will be reviewed for acceptance and prioritisation.
Will I see a surgeon or will I be given an appointment directly for my endoscopy?
Some patients will receive an appointment time to see a surgeon in clinic. Other patients may be able to go straight on to the waiting list for their procedure. This decision will be made by the hospital staff dependent on individual situations. If an appointment with a surgeon in a clinic is not required, a patient medical questionnaire will be sent to you to complete. This additional information needs to be assessed before a date can be given for the procedure.
How do I prepare for the endoscopy?
Information about preparation for your endoscopy is found in the resources below.
100 Barnard Street
Entry via Mercy Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550
Bendigo Health provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures for inpatients and outpatients. Procedures included are:
Bendigo Health aims to provide high quality, safe, accessible and timely endoscopic services. High demand is experienced for this service. All requests for procedures are triaged according to clinical need. Patients with significant pathology will be prioritised.
All patients require a referral from their medical practitioner including documentation of significant contributing factors indicating the need for the procedure.
Bendigo Health offers a ‘direct access endoscopy’ service bypassing the need for specialist consultation and avoiding delay where the need for endoscopy is clear. To facilitate this, it is important that referring practitioners include all relevant information in the referral form. This includes:
E-referral and use of the endoscopy specific template is preferred.
Where it has been identified that patients have increased risks or the indication for endoscopy is not clear, specialist consultation will be required.
Referral for gastroscopy, colonoscopy or both procedures should be by e-referral using the specific endoscopy template.
If e-referral is not an option, the fax number is 03 5454 8922.
Further information can be obtained by ringing the specialist clinics liaison nurse on (03 5454 8742). Referrals with inadequate information for accurate triaging will be rejected and further information will be requested.