Western Health Endoscopic Services provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures for the benefit of inpatients and outpatients of Western Health. Procedures are performed across 3 campuses: Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and Sunbury Day Hospital. We aim to provide high quality, safe, timely, efficient and accessible endoscopic services to patients in the West. We offer our patients excellence in the latest endoscopic techniques, some of which make it possible to avoid major surgery in some cases. Most of our endoscopic services are for cancer prevention, diagnosis, exclusion or treatment.
Western Health Endoscopic Services is a training and teaching centre for basic and advanced procedures. We train gastroenterology and surgical registrars, an interventional endoscopy fellow, respiratory registrars and a nurse colonoscopist. Patients may have their procedure performed by a trainee or registrar, under the supervision of a qualified specialist.
We provide services at Footscray Hospital and Sunshine Hospital, Monday to Friday.
We provide services at Sunbury Day Hospital on Tuesday and Thursday.
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography)
EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound)
EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection)
PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy)
Luminal stent insertion
EBUS (Endobronchial ultrasound)
Western Health Endoscopic Services provides endoscopy procedures for inpatients and outpatients of Western Health. We aim to provide a high quality, safe, accessible, and timely endoscopic service. We continue to experience significantly increasingly demand for endoscopic services. All requests for procedures are triaged so those that are more urgent or those with the highest likelihood of significant pathology are prioritized.
All patients require a referral from their medical practitioner, including documentation of a suitable indication for the procedure. We participate in 'Direct Access Endoscopy' that allows suitable patients to be referred directly for an endoscopic procedure(s) without a prior formal consultation with a gastroenterologist. This is to avoid delays in waiting for outpatient consultations to occur where the need to proceed to endoscopy is clear. To facilitate this, it is imperative that referring practitioners include all relevant information in the referral form, including comprehensive medical and social history, current medication list, and previous endoscopy and histology reports. Patients who have increased risks identified or where the indication for endoscopy is not clear, do require formal prior consultation.
The Department of Gastroenterology maintains an on-call roster for emergency endoscopic procedures 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
Urgent referrals for endoscopy procedure
Urgent gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures should be referred to the Gastroenterology "Endoscopy" Registrar by phoning the Western Health switchboard on 8345 6666 and asking the staff to page the Endoscopy Registrar.
Urgent referrals for bronchoscopy or EBUS should be referred to the oncall Respiratory Registrar by phoning the Western Health switchboard on 8345 6666 and asking the staff to page the Respiratory Registrar.
Referrals for advanced endoscopy procedures
Referrals for advanced procedures such as ERCP, EUS, EMR, complex polypectomy or luminal stenting should be made to the Gastroenterology Endoscopy Fellow by phoning the Western Health switchboard on 8345 6666 and asking the staff to page the Endoscopy Fellow.
Endoscopy Liaison Nurse Carolyn WocknerEmail: [email protected]Phone: 0401 464 724 or 8345 6982
Endoscopy Liaison NurseKim RileyEmail: [email protected]Phone: 8345 6775 or 0401 464 724
Elective Bookings OfficePhone: 8345 1947
Endoscopy Bookings OfficePhone: 8345 6015Fax: 8345 6619Email: [email protected]