Gastroenterology

Monash Children’s Hospital Department of Gastroenterology is one of only two paediatric gastroenterology departments in Victoria.

The department provides outpatient clinics for children of all ages from newborns to adolescents with complex gastrointestinal conditions.

Phone: (03) 9594 6666
Clinic opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm

To support the Gastroenterology department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

Monash Children’s Department of Gastroenterology is one of only two paediatric gastroenterology departments in Victoria.

The department provides outpatient clinics for children of all ages from newborns to adolescents with complex gastrointestinal conditions.

We deal with all aspects of paediatric and adolescent gastroenterology, hepatology (except liver transplantation), nutrition and endoscopy.

Conditions that we treat include inflammatory bowel disease, suspected liver disease, Coeliac disease, constipation, cyclic vomiting syndrome, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, oesophagitis and Crohn’s Disease.

We also provide treatment for children with functional gastrointestinal disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal migraine, childhood functional abdominal pain and functional dyspepsia.

Endoscopy services include gastroscopy, colonoscopy and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG).

The department has close links with other general and specialist paediatric units, adult gastroenterology and allied health services especially dietetics, speech pathology and PEG outreach.

Clinics

Patients at outpatient clinics are seen by a gastroenterologist, a nurse and a dietitian if required.

Outpatient clinics are held weekly with all appointments made through the outpatient booking system. Patients may also be seen in private rooms.

The on-call gastroenterologist is available at all times for telephone discussion via the Monash Clayton switchboard, (03) 9594 6666.

Program Director: Professor Nick Freezer

Head of Unit:  Dr Rupert Hinds

Gastroenterologists:

  • Dr Barry Lipschitz
  • Dr Vered Schildkraut
  • Dr George Alex (on call)
  • Dr Ed Giles

Honorary Gastroenterologists:

  • Professor Don Cameron
Referrals

All referrals will be triaged by a gastroenterologist. Children not appropriate for our clinic will be referred to another Monash Children’s Hospital clinic where appropriate. Please see guidelines

Children not needing to be seen at any clinic will be referred back to their GP with an explanatory letter.

Please address referral to the Head of Unit Dr Rupert Hinds. The patient will be seen by a clinician within this specialty.

Please fax or email all referrals to:
Fax: (03) 9594 3698
Email: ffspaeds@monashhealth.org

Outpatient clinics cost

Nil to clients eligible for Medicare. Note: Patients ineligible for Medicare will be charged a fee for all services provided

Where

Outpatient Services – Monash Medical Centre, Clayton

When

1300 3 iCARE – ACCESS UNIT

Phone: 1300 3 iCARE – 1300 342 273
Fax: 959 iCARE – (03) 9594 2273

NB: GPs are requested to refer onto this service using the Victorian State-wide Referral Form Victorian GP Referral Template housed in most clinical software.More information on VSRF – www.gpv.org.au  www.nhb.org.au  then click on Resources or contact your local Divisions of General Practice.

Head of Unit

Dr Rupert Hinds

Internal referral process

Phone: Extension 49888
Fax: 959 iCARE – (03) 9594 2273

Referrals will be received by

GP

Monash Children’s Hospital Emergency Department
Consultant at Monash Children’s Hospital
Monash Children’s Hospital
Consultants outside Monash Health

External referral process

Phone: 1300 3 iCARE – 1300 342 273
Fax: 959 iCARE – (03) 9594 2273

GPs are requested to refer onto this service using the Victorian State-wide Referral Form Victorian GP Referral Template housed in most clinical software. More information on VSRF – www.gpv.org.au www.nhb.org.au  then click on Resources or contact your local Divisions of General Practice

Emergency referrals

Any condition thought to be an emergency by the referring practitioner should be seen within the Emergency Department. Urgent referrals must be discussed with the on-call gastroenterologist. Please contact the on call gastroenterologist through our Monash Health switchboard 9594 6666.

Please address referral to the Head of Unit Dr Rupert Hinds. The patient will be seen by a clinician within this specialty.

Please fax or email all referrals to:
Fax: (03) 9594 3698
Email: ffspaeds@monashhealth.org

Please see referral guidelines: Monash Children’s Gastroenterology.

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