As soon as your General Practitioner or another specialist refers you to our specialists, our team of expert surgeons are ready to deliver the expert care you’re seeking.

Our administrative staff are here to answer all your enquiries.
Our staff are sometimes busy attending to patients and other calls, so if you are unable to talk with one of our staff please leave a message or send an email with your enquiry. Our staff will aim to return your call as soon as possible.

If the matter is urgent and you are unable to speak to a staff member, it is after hours or a weekend, please attend your local emergency department in which you will be attended as the urgency requires. Please do not leave messages if you have a surgical or medical emergency.

Staff will inform you of the consultations requirements. They will help with your questions on fee’s, Medicare and Health Funds.

Our staff will also inform you about the hospital booking process and any further investigations required.

Your First Appointment

Please bring the following items to your appointment.

  • The referral from your doctor
  • Your x-rays, ultrasounds and pathology results.
  • Alist of other illnesses and/or medications.
  • Any specific questions you would like answered.
  • Your Medicare, DVA or Pension card as applicable.
  • Your Health Fund details.

If you are covered by Worker’s Compensation please bring the following particulars:

1. Date of injury
2. Claim Number
3. Workcover insurer, contact no. and address

Please let us know how you will be paying at the time you book your appointment.

Diagnostic Procedures Perfomed In Rooms


    This test is performed to determine how strong your muscle is in making and holding a bowel motion. It also determines what the pressure is in your anus and rectum.

    A very thin tube is inserted into your anus. You will be asked to relax then squeeze your anal muscle to see the change in pressure.

    The test takes approx. 5 minutes. No bowel preparation or fasting is required for this procedure.


    Anorectal ultrasound is a procedure using ultrasound scanning to see the condition of your anus, rectum, sphincter muscle or the surrounding area.

    The procedure involves an ultrasound probe being inserted into your anus or “back passage” and pictures are taken by the Doctor. The procedure takes approx. 5 minutes. No bowel preparation or fasting is required for this procedure.

    This surgery is accredited for Ultrasound Diagnostic Imaging by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities)


    This is a procedure where a thin long instrument  (sigmoidoscope), which has a camera at the tip, is passed from the anus to the rectum to look and check for any abnormalities.

    In preparation for this test, you may require an enema to be given by the nurse. This is to make sure your rectum is completely empty for the procedure and to get a clear view of the area. No anesthetic is given when performed in our rooms, and it is not usually painful.

    The Soluscope Series 2 -an automatic Endoscope Re-Processor ensures high levels of disinfection which cleans our colonoscope by our GENCA trained and certified nurse.

    All instruments are sterilized by a steam/heat autoclave sterilization system. TGA approved.

Pre & Post Op Instructions


    1. Salt baths once or twice daily  (warm bath water with two tablespoons table salt), to clean the area and give relief.

    2. Laxatives 20 – 30mls of Lactulose or equivalent (i.e. Actilax, Duphalac)

    3. It is important not to get constipated – take laxatives twice daily if necessary

    4. Finish five day course of antibiotics eg Metronidazole (Flagyl) if prescribed.

    5. Use regular analgesia; get more from local Doctor if required. Pain is expected for up to 6 weeks.

    6. Use simple pad or liner, as there will or could be some bleeding or discharge for up to 6 to 8 weeks after procedure.

    7. Bleeding is likely to occur when you open your bowels, this is normal. Excessive bleeding continuously, needs to be checked by your local Doctor or emergency. Bleeding can also occur on the 7th to 10th day. Hemorrhoidal tissue is healing and opening your bowel stretches the healing area causing bleeding.

    8. Limit your activities for the first week to aid recovery.

    9. Drink more fluids and eat more fibre, (fruit, vegetables, high fibre cereals)


    IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. The success of the procedure depends on the bowel being as clean as possible, otherwise the procedure may need to be postponed.

    The preparation will cause multiple bowel movements and sometimes stomach cramping. You will need to be close to a toilet once you start the preparation.

    Take your usual medication (heart, blood pressure) with a sip of water on the day of your procedure.

    Diabetic medication- consult your Doctor/nurse.

    STOP- blood thinning medication eg. Asprin, Warfarin, Cartia one week before your procedure or as advised by your Doctor.

    You must have a responsible adult to collect you after your procedure.


    You need to start a low fibre diet.

    STOP eating fruit, vegetables, wholegrain bread, high fibre cereal, and anything with seeds or nuts. Avoid fibre supplements e.g. Metamucil, Normafibe or Normacol.

    You may eat  meat, fish, chicken, eggs, cottage cheese, plain yoghurt, custard, white bread, muffins, crumpets,  pasta, white  rice, well-cooked pumpkin or peeled potato, wedges with sour cream, picklets and doughnuts Drink a variety of fluids, approximately 3 litres throughout the day.



    CLEAR FLUIDS: Water of any kind. CLEAR  fruit juices (apple, pear and grape), plain jelly, black tea (herbal tea) and coffee, bonox, chicken stock, clear soup(broth), cordial, lucozade, staminade, lemonade, Gatorade and gastrolyte.

    AVOID red and purple jellies and drinks, cloudy fruit juices with pulp and milk/dairy products. Drink at least 1-2 glasses of fluid every hour.

    If you are booked in for a morning Procedure (7am – 1pm) :

    The day before your procedure

    1st  dose 4pm :

    Mix the contents of one sachet of PICOPREP in   ½ glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink   mixture followed by a glass of clear fluids.

    2nd dose 6pm :

    Mix the contents of the large sachet  GLYCOPREP  in 1 litre of water. Drink over 1 hour (1 glass every 15 minutes until   finished

    3rd dose 8pm:

    Mix the contents of the last sachet of PICOPREP in ½ glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink   mixture followed by a glass of clear fluids.   Drink at least 3 glasses of clear fluid before going to bed.

    Nil by mouth from midnight.

    If you are booked in for an afternoon procedure:(1pm-5pm)

    The day before your procedure

    1st dose 6pm :

    Mix the contents of one sachet of PICOPREP in ½ glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink mixture followed by a glass of clear fluids.

    2nd dose 8pm:

    Mix the contents of the large sachet GLYCOPREP in 1 litre of water. Drink over  1 hour ( 1 glass every 15 minutes until finished).Drink at least 3 glasses of clear fluid before going to bed.


    Final dose 6am:

     Mix the contents of the last sachet of PICOPREP in 1/2 glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink mixture followed by one glass of water only. Then Nil by mouth.

    Download colonoscopy instructions

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