Endoscopy Unit at Flinders Medical Centre
The Endoscopy Unit at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) performs approximately 6,000 procedures per year.
Endoscopy enables doctors to examine areas inside the body such as the bowel, stomach and lungs without the need to perform surgery. This includes patients with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.
In October 2005 the Endoscopy Unit relocated to a new $2.4 million unit. This new facility was officially opened in February 2006 by the Health Minister, John Hill.
The new facility provides staff and patients with an environment that promotes safety and privacy. Having reached capacity in the previous unit, Endoscopy now has greater capacity to reduce waiting times within the newly developed unit.
The aims of the unit are to:
- provide a prompt and efficient endoscopic service to FMC and the southern region
- continuously evaluate and improve patient services through Clinical Practice Improvement and Redesigning Care initiatives
- promote gastrointestinal endoscopic research
- provide endoscopic training through a formalised training program for registrars in gastroenterology and surgery
- provide other diagnostic and day procedures such as liver biopsy
- internal FMC referrals can be initiated by medical staff and accompanied by a written request form and procedure consent
- outside referrals can be made by FMC accredited specialists
- general practitioners requesting endoscopic investigations must first refer their patients to the Gastroenterology Clinic for a consult prior to a procedure booking
HCU - Dr Adrian Chung
Nurse Unit Manager - Ms Natasha Searle
Acting Nurse Unit Manager - Mr Luke Betts
Location: Level 2, The Promenade
Telephone: (08) 8204 4693 or (08) 8204 5177
Fax: (08) 8204 3160
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm