Gastroenterology

Patient Information and Resources

INFORMATION FOR NEW PATIENTS

 

A referral is required from either your GP or other Medical Specialist prior to an appointment.

 

Once a valid referral is received Dr Wilson will review this and a member of his staff will contact you to schedule an appointment or to arrange a procedure. We aim to do this within a 2 week time frame of receiving your referral. 

 

Dr Wilson will organise any additional investigations thought necessary prior to your appointment or procedure, for example, extra blood tests or scans. You will be involved in all decisions about your health care. Results will be communicated to you in a timely manner and face to face consultation appointments will be made according to capacity or clinically necessity.

Prior to a consultation or procedure with Dr. Wilson you will be asked for information regarding your Private Health Insurance status and Medicare number.

 

Patients are respectfully reminded that practice fees are due at the time following your face to face consultation with Dr. Wilson in his rooms either by cash, cheque or EFTPOS. For queries regarding cost, please ask reception staff. 

 

Dr. Wilson does not charge an out of pocket GAP fee for patients regarding their endoscopic procedure(s) e.g. Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy and PillCam. 

We aim to provide our patients with professional and personalised advice and service so please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Symptoms of Concern
& Family History 
  • Significant and unexplained weight loss.
  • Changes in bowel movements e.g. diarrhoea and constipation. 
  • Blood in your poo
  • Family history of gastrointestinal cancers such as oesophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel and anus. 
  • It is important to discuss this information with your GP so that they can consider appropriate investigations. 
ABC Radio Interview with
Dr Mark Wilson

Gastroenteritis, what it is, how it's spread, and when you should present to hospital.  Listen here
Gastrointestinal Diseases 
Bowel polyps
Small growths on the lining of the bowel wall. Most of these do not become cancerous, however approximately 5% do.
The majority of polyps can be safely and completely removed during a colonoscopy.
Find out more

Coeliac disease 
A disease wherer the small intestines is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food. 
Approximately 1 in 100 Australians are affected. Find out more

Diverticular disease
Diverticulosis is the formation of abnormal pouches in the bowel wall.
Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of these pouches.
Symptoms include abdominal pain and disturbance of bowell function. 
The main cause is not eating enough fibre.
Find out more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
This covers a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen). The major types of IBD are Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Symptoms include pain, diarrhoea and tiredness.
Find out more

COVID-19 
Please refer to the GESA website https://www.gesa.org.au/education/covid-19

Low FODMAP Diet 

The low FODMAP diet is one of the most effective dietary therapies for Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). 

FODMAP is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to 

Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

 

These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people. 

 

When this lack of absorption happens in the small intestine of the digestive tract, it allows the molecules to have access into the large intestines, where they act as a food source to the bacteria that normally live there.

The bacteria then digest these molecules, causing unpleasant symptoms, including: 

 

  • Abdominal bloating and distension

  • Excess wind (flatulence)

  • Abdominal pain

  • Nausea 

  • Changes in bowel habits e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, or a combination of both. 

Find out more:

GESA Low FODMAP handout 

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Useful Resources Endoscopic Procedures

  • Gastroscopy (upper endoscopy) is a procedure that uses a flexible endoscope to see inside the upper digestive tract - including the oesophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine.  Find out more
  • Colonoscopy is a procedure used to inspect the large bowel (colon). Find out more