We perform surgical procedures to manage a wide range of colorectal disorders.

Key points

  • Diagnosis and management of bowel cancer
  • Investigation and management of patients with painful anal conditions (proctology)
  • Surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colonoscopy and polypectomy
Patients need a referral from their GP or healthcare provider. Access referral information

What we do

Our Colorectal Surgery service provides care and treatment for patients with diseases of the large bowel and anus. 

We manage a wide range of colorectal disorders including:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Inherited colorectal cancer including familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and Lynch syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticular disease 
  • Radiation enteritis or colitis
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anal fissure
  • Fistula-in-ano
  • Pilonidal sinus
  • Acute colorectal emergencies including large bowel obstruction, rectal bleeding and perianal abscess

We have regular operating and endoscopy sessions and two weekly outpatient clinics. We attend a cancer multidisciplinary meeting in which cancer cases are assessed, attended by surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and stoma nurses. 

We also attend an inflammatory bowel multidisciplinary meeting to discuss complex cases with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Colonoscopy bowel preparation

Find out how to prepare for a colonoscopy, using MOVIPREP and PLENVU bowel preparations.

Our clinics

Colorectal Clinic Level 1 Centre
The RMH Parkville
Colorectal Clinic 1 South
The RMH Parkville
For patients
For health professionals

Need to change or cancel your appointment?

Do one of the following:

  • Access Health Hub to change the appointment yourself
  • Complete our online form and we'll change it for you
  • Call Specialist Clinics (Outpatients) on (03) 9342 7393 and we'll help you over the phone

What to bring

Every time you come

Every time you come in for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)

For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book (if relevant)
  • TAC or WorkCover claim number

For a day procedure

If you come for a day procedure, you should also bring:

  • A responsible adult carer to stay with you to hear instructions, help you and take you home
  • Dressing gown and slippers

For an overnight or longer stay

If you come for an overnight (or longer stay), you should also bring:

  • A dressing gown and slippers, or comfortable day clothes and shoes
  • Your toiletries
  • Your iPad or tablet and phone, provided you are happy to take responsibility for them

Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight or longer, do not bring:

  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash. Just bring a small amount for items such as newspapers, magazines or coffee
  • Valuables, such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you
Head of service
A/Prof Ian Hayes
Contact us
Colorectal Surgery
The RMH Parkville
Level 1 South
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
(03) 9342 4234
Referrals for Specialist Clinics
Planned Surgery & Pre-Admission
When you receive our letter, call Bookings to make your appointment.
(03) 9342 7893
Pre-Admission Clinic
(03) 9342 8400
Bookings and waitlist enquiries
The RMH Parkville
Level 3 East
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Surgery waiting list
Contact the RMH Waiting List Coordinators for enquiries about the current surgical waiting list
Last updated 12 January 2023