Welcome to the Endocrine and General Surgery Unit of Western Health (GES Unit), which provides a comprehensive endocrine surgery service to the people of the Western suburbs of Melbourne, and across Victorian regional areas. We are based at the Footscray Hospital, and we are the largest endocrine surgery unit in the west of Melbourne.
Endocrine surgery refers to operations performed on one or more of the endocrine glands. The endocrine system is one of the control systems of the body. Endocrine glands release chemicals, called hormones, into the bloodstream, which travel to their target organs and cells. The hormones then result in a change in the activity of those cells.
Endocrine surgeons are surgeons with special expertise and training in operations on a number of the endocrine glands including the thyroid gland, the parathyroid glands, and the adrenal glands.
Our unit specialises in the surgical treatment of all the major areas of endocrine pathology in the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. We have a very talented and dedicated team of surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and nursing staff, and we work closely with our medical colleagues in the Western Health Department of Endocrinology.
We also provide services in the surgery of the salivary glands, and perform diagnostic lymph node biopsies as part of the Haematology/Oncology team.
There are six specialised endocrine surgeons in the Unit, an Endocrine Surgery Fellow, along with a surgical registrar and two interns.
We see patients in a weekly outpatient clinic at the Footscray campus of Western Health, and all endocrine operations are performed in the operating theatres there. In addition, general surgical elective cases are performed at Footscray or Williamstown hospitals, and GES surgeons also form a part of the Footscray Hospital on-call surgical service for general surgical emergencies.
Surgical operations are performed for thyroid nodules, goitres, thyrotoxicosis, Graves’ disease and thyroid cancers, for parathyroid tumours and diseases, and for adrenal gland tumours, using minimally invasive techniques or laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
All surgeons in the Unit use the intraoperative voice nerve monitor as standard for patients having thyroid surgery.
Feel free to make an appointment via your GP to see us in the outpatient clinic at Footscray Hospital, or you can see us in our private rooms as listed below (the latter may attract a fee at some practices).
Mr Bill Fleming (Head of Unit)Endocrine & General SurgeonPrivate consulting at East Melbourne, Footscray and WerribeeAppointments: Mail: Epworth Freemasons Day Procedure CentreSuite 112, 320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne 3002Tel: 03 9417 6634Fax: 03 9415 7422Web: www.endocrinesurgery.net.au
Mr Alvin ChamBreast, Endocrine, General and Obesity SurgeonAppointments:Mail: Melbourne Northwest Surgical198 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds 3039Tel: 03 9372 8228Fax: 03 9923 6660Web: www.mnws.com.au
Dr Laura Chin-LennEndocrine, Breast & General SurgeonPrivate consulting at Ascot Vale, East Melbourne and ParkvilleAppointments: Mail: 248 Ascot Vale Road, Ascot Vale 3032Tel: 03 9078 2184Web: www.laurachinlenn.com
Dr Joanne ChionhEndocrine and Breast SurgeonPrivate consulting at Bundoora and Box HillAppointments:Mail: UniHill Specialist CentreSuite 32, 240 Plenty Road, Bundoora 3083Tel: 03 9466 7338Fax: 03 9466 7330Web: www.unihillsc.com.auMr Jason S.C. TanEndocrine SurgeonAppointments:Mail: 113 Albert Street, East Melbourne 3002Tel: 03 9418 8162Fax: 03 9418 8317
Mr Siva RavindranEndocrine and General SurgeonPrivate consulting at Dandenong, Pakenham, Warragul and Latrobe Regional HospitalAppointments: Mail: Silk Medical, Unit 4, 118-120 David Street, Dandenong 3175Tel: Dandenong 03 9791 7401, Latrobe Regional Hospital 03 5173 8111
L to R: Laura Chin-Lenn, Jason Tan, Bill Fleming (Head of Unit), Siva Ravindran, Jo Chionh and Alvin Cham