Chesterville Day Hospital

TEL: (03) 9585 3777

Contact details

We're open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Our friendly personnel are always ready to assist with your enquiries.
Tel: (03) 9585 3777
Fax: (03) 9583 0970
Contact Person: Mary Kirkwood, CEO/ Director of Nursing
Address: 28 Chesterville Road, CHELTENHAM VIC 3192

Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy

What is Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy?

Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy is the direct patient referral for a routine colonoscopy or gastroscopy from a GP to Chesterville Day Hospital in Melbourne. No prior consultation with a specialist is required.

The benefits of Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy include reduced waiting time, reduced costs (as no prior consultation is required), and enabling continuity of care between the patient and GP (as results are provided to the GP following the procedure).

Who can be referred for Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy?

There may be many reasons your GP has referred you for a colonoscopy/gastroscopy. Some of which may be:

  • Positive Faecal Occult Blood test
  • National Bowel screening program
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Anaemia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Change in usual bowel habit
  • Diarrhoea (stool culture negative)
  • Unexplained abdominal pain > than 6 weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss

Exclusion Criteria

Not all patients are suitable for Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy. Referral to a Specialist for consultation is recommended prior to GI Endoscopy for patients:

  • Younger than 16 years or older than 80 years
  • Active and significant co-morbidities
  • Poor mobility
  • BMI >40

Our Gastroenterologists

Our specialists are highly regarded Melbourne Gastroenterologists, who provide high quality and timely diagnostic & therapeutic endoscopic services. Please click the links below to find out more:

How to refer a patient to Chesterville Day Hospital for Open Access Endoscopy or Direct Access Endoscopy

  • Provide a referral to the patient using our referral form, or directly to us via email or fax

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