How do I book an appointment
You will likely have a written referral from your referring doctor / GP. You will need this when you book your appointment so you can be eligible for the Medicare rebate associated with the consult as well as any subsequent appointments. Your referral will remain valid for up to 12 months from the date your doctor gave it to you. We can accept a referral in the name of Sydney Gut Clinic, one of our doctors specifically. We will also accept a referral in the name of another Gastroenterologist – or Colorectal Surgeon.
Do I need a referral
If you would like to be eligible for the Medicare rebate for consult and procedure fees, you will need a valid referral. Referrals are valid for up to 12 months. We are happy to see patients who do not have a referral, it just means you will not be able to claim the Medicare Rebate for fees. We still recommend a referral as it will help us expedite your appointment.
What do I need to bring to my appointment
For more information on First Appointment, please click here
If you have been sent for any tests or investigations, please bring the results as well as any films you have been given.
In some cases, the results are sent directly to us, but if you have been given any or receive any in the post, please bring them with you.
How long will my appointment take
A first appointment can take up to 30 minutes. Follow up appointments are usually quicker.
For procedure times, please speak to staff when booking the procedure as these can vary in time; generally from the time you check in, to being discharged it takes approximately 3 hours.
Do I have to have a colonoscopy if I see a Gastroenterologist
When you come for your consult, your Specialist will determine what tests and investigations are required. Not all cases require a colonoscopy, but many do as being able to see inside the gut and take biopsies of the tissue provides accurate results, from which diagnosis can be made.
If you are nervous about having a procedure, please mention this to your Specialist and the best way forward will be found for you, in your circumstances.
Which hospital does the Sydney Gut Clinic team perform procedures at
Sydney Gut Clinic is located in the Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital building, 15 Bowden Street, Alexandria.
Procedures are performed in the same building you will be attending for your consult.
For more information on ASDH, please visit their website at Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital
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