Upper gastrointestinal surgery outpatient service in CALHN

The upper gastrointestinal (UGI) surgery units at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) provide specialised assessment and surgical care of patients with problems of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including diseases of the oesophagus and stomach (bariatric procedures are offered in patients who meet criteria as well), in addition to meeting the community needs for patients with general surgical problems. This applies to both acute inpatient and outpatient care settings. 

TQEH unit also provides hepatobiliary (HPB) and pancreatic surgical services. The units perform many complex open and laparoscopic surgical interventions, also have state-of-the-art endoscopic services and run a recognised laboratory for functional studies of the oesophagus.  All cases of upper gastrointestinal malignancy are discussed in the weekly state-based multidisciplinary meeting.

 The units have close functional links with the gastroenterology, radiology and oncology units.

Appointment location

Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)

Outpatient clinics are held in Level 3F.1, Outpatient Department (OPD)   
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road, Adelaide SA 5000

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)

Ground floor Area 1 / Area 3
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road, Woodville South SA 5011


Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)

  • Dr Harsh Kanhere – Head of Unit
  • Dr Shalvin Prasad
  • Dr Markus Trochsler
  • Dr Eu Nice Neo
  • Dr Conrad Stranz

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)

  • Dr Markus Trochsler – Head of Unit
  • Prof Guy Maddern
  • Dr Harsh Kanhere
  • Dr Adrian Anthony
  • A/Prof George Kiroff
  • Dr Andrew Lord
  • Dr Martin Bruening
  • Dr Shalvin Prasad

Upper gastrointestinal, bariatric and general surgery

Clinics are held for patients with general surgical problems as well as for specific upper gastrointestinal (UGI) diseases and obesity-related problems. In addition, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital surgical unit holds clinics for patients with hepatobiliary (HPB) problems.

Clinics at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)

  • General Surgery and UGI (Monday and Friday)
  • Rapid access clinics for cancers (Monday and Friday)
  • Bariatric Clinic (Thursday once monthly)

Clinics at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)

  • General Surgery (Wednesday)
  • Rapid access clinics for cancers (Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Bariatric Clinic (Monday)
  • UGI/HPB (Wednesday)

GP information

Refer your patient

Fax referral to us

We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients who are unstable and requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.

To refer your patient, follow the outpatient service information, triage and referral guidelines, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the Registrar/Fellow to discuss the case.

To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.

If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Registrar/Fellow on call on (08) 7074 0000.

To make a referral


Fax: (08) 7074 6247   
Telephone: 1300 153 853


Fax: (08) 8222 7188
Telephone: (08) 8222 7030

Discharge guidelines and information

Patients whose surgical condition has stabilised or resolved and for whom no further appointment has been made will be formally discharged. If surgical assessment is required again, a new referral, explaining the reason should be faxed to us.

As only the GP referral is available to the specialist at the time of triage, simply requesting review without providing information about the problem is insufficient and will lead to significant delays in assessing the referral which will most likely be returned to you for more information.

Health Pathways

Health Pathways South Australia is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.

Patient information

How to access that clinic

Referral from your GP

You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.