Colorectal Services at Flinders Medical Centre
The Colorectal Unit is involved in the treatment of cancer and polyps of the colon and rectum, surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and management of anorectal conditions including faecal incontinence. Other general surgical work includes splenectomies, lymph node biopsies, emergencies, trauma and hernia repair.
There are six consultant surgeons on the unit. All are involved in consultation and outpatient procedures (such as treatment of haemorrhoids), colonoscopy and surgery.
Stomal Therapy Nursing Service
A specialist nurse from the Flinders Medical Centre Colorectal Unit/Ward 5E offers care and support for people who have a urinary or bowel stoma.
A stoma is a surgically created opening onto the surface of the abdomen that allows faeces or urine to drain into a bag or other ostomy appliance.
Stomas may be required in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, bowel or rectal cancer, bowel obstruction or perforation. They are sometimes used in the management of incontinence.
Stomal therapy services include:
- education and counselling for patients and family members that have had, or are about to have surgery that may require a stoma
- support and education for people during their hospital stay
- discharge planning to ensure patients can contact appropriate community supports
- education for hospital staff in stoma care
- outpatient clinics Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am to 11.30am
Stomal Therapist - Erica Taylor & Sid Obregon
Telephone: (08) 8204 4691
Pager: (08) 8204 5511 and ask for pager 38294
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.00pm
After hours: Ward 5E: (08) 8204 4800
Department contact details
Head of Unit - Dr Paul Hollington
Telephone: (08) 8204 4253
Fax: (08) 8204 5843