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.  

Prior to a consultation or procedure with Dr. Wilson you will be asked to complete some necessary paperwork including information regarding your Private Health Insurance details and Medicare card .

 

Patients are respectfully reminded that practice fees are due at the time following your consultation with Dr. Wilson either by, cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

For queries regarding cost, please ask reception staff.  We offer a discount fee for patients on Health Care Cards, Pensioner Cards, Commonwealth Senior Cards & Full Time University Students.

 

Dr. Wilson does not charge an out of pocket GAP for privately insured patients regarding endoscopic procedure(s).

You will need to book an appointment with Dr. Wilson for any repeat prescriptions. To help the practice and yourself, please make an appointment in advance prior to your prescription expiring.

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 
Have you experienced any of the following?
  • Significant and unexplained weight loss.
  • Changes in bowel movements e.g. diarrhoea and constipation. 
  • Blood in your stools.
  • 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. 
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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
Low FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS)

The low FODMAP diet is one of the most effective dietary therapies for 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

Gastrointestinal Diseases 
  • Bowel polyps are small growths on the lining of the bowel wall. They are common, especially as we age. While most bowel polyps do not become cancerous, approximately 5% do. Most polyps can be safely and completely removed during a colonoscopy.  Find out more
  • Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 Australians. In coeliac disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten.  Find out more
  • Diverticular disease is very common. The main cause is not eating enough fibre.  Diverticulosis is the formation of abnormal pouches in the bowel wall and Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of these pouches.  Find out more
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease 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. IBD is not caused by diet or allergies.  Find out more
Gastrointestinal Procedures
  • Colonoscopy is a procedure used to inspect the large bowel (colon) and is usually done in a day facility or hospital.  Find out more
  • 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
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