Colorectal Surgery

Assessment and management of surgical conditions of the colorectum.


North South North West Statewide


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 patient should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 8302  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED – Phone: 0409 867 492  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: 0459 848 725  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6101  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

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