We perform surgical procedures to manage a wide range of colorectal disorders.
- 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
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
- Anal fissure
- 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
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|Colorectal Clinic Level 1 Centre
|The RMH Parkville
|Colorectal Clinic 1 South
|The RMH Parkville
We accept GP and specialist referrals:
- Use the RMH GP Referral Form or a template from your own system
- Complete and fax your referral to Specialist Clinics (Outpatients) on (03) 9342 4234
We do not accept email referrals.
What to include in your referral
As outlined by the Department of Health, referral requests should include:
- Patient demographic information
- Referrer demographic information
- Reason for referral
- Presenting problem
- Service(s) requested
- Required referral information specified by statewide or local referral criteria
- Current patient management
- Impact of the problem on the patient
- Name of the consultant and provider number (for Medicare clinics)
- Investigation reports related to the referral
Urgent and after-hours support
Referrals are triaged based on priority. In an emergency, patients can go to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
For advice, urgent referrals and out of hours support, call The RMH Switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 to page our registrar on call.
HealthPathways Melbourne provides guidance on best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients.
Parkville Connect is a secure web-based portal providing GPs, specialists and other health professionals with information in the Parkville electronic medical record (EMR).
Education and training
The Colorectal Surgery service is accredited for post-fellowship training in colorectal surgery with the Australia and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery (ANZTBCRS), and this is reflected in the appointment of the Colorectal Fellow.
The service is also accredited for general surgery training and has an accredited surgical registrar. In addition there is a strong research culture within the colorectal unit and a full-time research fellow.
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
Interpreters & cultural support
We provide qualified, professional interpreters to help you communicate with us at any time during your stay and at your clinic appointments.
- Μάθετε περισότερα γιά διερμηνείς & υποστήριξη κουλτούρας
- Scopri di più sugli interpreti e sul supporto culturale
- Tercümanlar ve kültürel destek hakkında daha fazla bilgi edinmek için
- Tìm hiểu thêm về thông dịch viên và hỗ trợ văn hóa
- لمزيدٍ من المعلومات عن خدمة الترجمة الشفهية والخدمات الثقافية
Links & documents
Level 1 South
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria