Colorectal Surgery

Assessment and management of surgical conditions of the colorectum.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Children under the age of 14 should be referred to paediatric surgery for initial assessment

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Diverticulitis with systemic sepsis
  • Large bowel obstruction
  • Severe PR bleeding

Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to who they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

If the patient needs a colonoscopy/gastroscopy and you do NOT feel they need a clinic appointment prior to the scope, please indicate on the referral that a direct scope would be suitable.

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:

Emergency

Emergency patient should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6000  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Referral template

For use by health professionals only