Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit (GEHU) is a specialist referral department, split into four streams including; General Gastrointestinal Liver - Hepatology Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Interventional Endoscopy Access to our services is through GP referral only. There is a high demand for our services, so we ask you to make every effort possible to contact us if you are unable to attend your appointment or procedure.

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit (GEHU) is a specialist referral department, split into four streams including;

  • General Gastrointestinal
  • Liver - Hepatology
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Interventional Endoscopy

Access to our services is through GP referral only.

There is a high demand for our services, so we ask you to make every effort possible to contact us if you are unable to attend your appointment or procedure.

We are located in Building 1, Level 2 (ground floor) Canberra Hospital, alongside the Central Outpatients Department behind the main public elevators. 

Contact Us 

Phone: 5124 2195 

Fax: 6174 7251 

GEHUReception@act.gov.au 

GEHUReferrals@act.gov.au 

GEHUEndoscopy@act.gov.au

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)

For more information on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, please visit http://cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/bowel-screening-1 or consult your GP.  

You will need a valid referral from your GP if you receive a positive NBCSP test. 

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a term for the following procedures completed in GEHU:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy 
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) 
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) 
Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy involves a long, thin flexible tube passed through the rectum into the colon. It allows the doctor to inspect the large intestine and perform specialised procedures such as biopsies and removal of polyps.  

Before your procedure you will need to prepare your bowel and modify your diet.

You will receive instructions for diet modifications and the Bowel Preparation by post. Bowel Preparation can be purchased from your local chemist and the amount you will require will be outlined in your instructions. We do not supply Bowel Preparation.  

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy involves a long, thin flexible tube passed through the mouth and oesophagus to explore the stomach and first part of the small bowel. 

Before your procedure you will need to undergo a period of fasting.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

EUS involves a long, thin flexible tube with an ultrasound probe tip passed through the mouth to the stomach and first part of the small intestine. It allows the doctor to view detailed images of the pancreas and obtain biopsies. 

Before your procedure you will need to undergo a period of fasting.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP involves a long, thin flexible tube that is passed through the mouth to the stomach and first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. A cannula is then passed through the tube and dye is injected to the area. X-Rays are then taken to allow the doctor to study the ducts of the pancreas and liver. 

Before your procedure you will need to undergo a period of fasting.

Page last updated on: 13 Nov 2018