Gastroenterology

Who we are 

We provide comprehensive specialist services for children and adolescents under the age of 16, with gastrointestinal, liver, and complex nutritional problems. Both inpatient and outpatient services at PCH are delivered by a highly qualified multidisciplinary team.

Conditions we manage

  • inflammatory bowel disease – diagnosis and management
  • coeliac disease – diagnosis and shared care management with paediatricians
  • short gut syndrome
  • chronic diarrhoea and malabsorption syndromes
  • oesophageal disorders
  • acute and chronic liver diseases – including care of children pre and post liver transplant. At present there is no children’s liver transplant program in WA. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the national paediatric liver transplant centre and WA children requiring liver transplantation receive their transplant at that centre
  • any other complex gastrointestinal and nutritional problems.

Services we provide

  • inpatient care of children admitted to PCH, under the care of the Paediatric Gastroenterology Service
  • inpatient consultations requested by other disciplines
  • outpatient clinics – gastroenterology, liver, cystic fibrosis, and inflammatory bowel disease
  • parenteral nutrition services for inpatients and home parenteral nutritional service
  • various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

Referrals

The Gastroenterology Unit routinely accepts tertiary referrals provided by paediatricians. GP referrals may be accepted when there is adequate detail in the referral suggesting a significant gastroenterological disorder, requiring tertiary level gastroenterology input. Other referrals will be forwarded to general paediatric service.

The Gastroenterology Unit provides a 24 hour on-call gastroenterology consultant service to discuss urgent clinical issues.

We are able to provide a timely service, both in the outpatient setting and endoscopic procedures, within the time limit of triaging categories.

We encourage referring doctors to discuss urgent referrals with the gastroenterology registrar or the on-call consultant so the referral can be appropriately prioritised.

Hours

Inpatients: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Outpatients: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Location

Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinics:

  • Clinic F, Level 1 (use the Pink Lifts)

Gastroenterology inpatient services:

  • Paediatric – Ward 2B
  • Adolescent  – Ward 4A

View the PCH map for more information.

Related links

Bowel Group for Kids (external link)