Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all conditions for outpatient services and does not exclude consideration for referral unless specifically stipulated in the out of scope section.

Paediatric services

Referrals for children and young people should follow the Children’s Health Queensland referral guidelines.

Emergency department referrals

All urgent cases must be discussed with the on call Gastroenterology Registrar to obtain appropriate prioritisation and treatment. Contact through

  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (07) 3646 8111
  • The Prince Charles Hospital (07) 3139 4000
  • Redcliffe Hospital (07) 3883 7777
  • Caboolture Hospital (07) 5433 8888

Urgent cases accepted via phone must be accompanied with a written referral and a copy faxed immediately to the Central Patient Intake Unit: 1300 364 952.

If any of the following are present or suspected arrange immediate transfer to the emergency department.

  • Potentially life threatening symptoms suggestive of:
    • acute upper GI tract bleeding
    • acute severe lower GI tract bleeding
    • oesophageal foreign bodies/food bolus
    • fulminant colitis
    • bowel obstruction
    • abdominal sepsis
  • Severe vomiting and/or diarrhoea with dehydration
  • Acute/fulminant liver failure (to be referred to a centre with dedicated hepatology services)
  • Biliary sepsis (to be referred to a centre with ERCP service)

*Acute severe colitis as defined by the Truelove and Witts criteria – all patients with ≥ 6 bloody bowel motions per 24 hours plus at least one of the following:

  • temperature at presentation of > 37.8°C
  • pulse rate at presentation of > 90 bpm
  • haemoglobin at presentation of < 105 gm/l, CRP >30mg/dl at presentation (or ESR > 30 mm/hr)

Out of scope services

Not all services are funded in the Queensland public health system. The following are not routinely provided in a public Gastroenterology outpatient service.

  • Screening colonoscopy in asymptomatic patients outside of the NHMRC guidelines

NB: If a patient who has been fully investigated 2 years prior to referral.  Then the referrer and the receiving clinician will need to exercise clinical decision making in triaging and or value in repeat endoscopy / colonoscopy procedures

Patient information videos

We have prepared a set of colonoscopy and endoscopy educational videos to assist patients to learn more about the procedures.

What is a colonoscopy?

This video explains what a colonoscopy is and what is involved. Patients tell their story about preparing for the procedure and their time in hospital.

Preparing for your colonoscopy

We talk you through the process of preparing for your examination and what you need to know for your shopping list, including the things you can and can’t eat and drink in the lead up to your procedure.

Preparing for your endoscopy

Hear from patients who are having endoscopies about what it’s like and how they feel.

What might be found?

We explain what we will look for during your procedure and what happens if we find anything that needs treatment.

Understanding consent

Consent is important whether you are having an examination or an operation. We go through what you need know about the consent process.

About your procedure

A message for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
We have people on our team to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable when you visit hospital.

Specialists list

Send referral

Hotline: 1300 364 938

Fax: 1300 364 952

Electronic: eReferral system

Mail: Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776  Zillmere Road

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