Open Access Endoscopy is a method that has been developed over the past 20 years, both in Australia and World Wide. This allows patients access to Specialists without the need for consultation.
No initial consultation
The patient doesn’t require an initial consultation with the Specialist, as long as they meet our admission criteria, they are able to be booked directly for a procedure date. If they have any comorbidities they will be required to attend a consultation first.
Time to Diagnosis
Patients who are referred via the Open Access channel, can be seen within 14 days. This process is often significantly longer if a consult needs to occur in the non-Open Access methods.
The GP retains control
In a normal referral to Specialist process, the Specialist may take over the control of the patient from the point the patient sees him or her. In Open Access the results of the Endoscopy are provided to the GP immediately after the procedure and to the patient upon discharge.
As an appointment with the Specialist is not required, in most cases the cost to the patient is reduced.
Some patients are not suitable for Open Access Endoscopy
We recommend referral to a Specialist for consultation prior to GI Endoscopy for patients:
- Younger than 18 years or older than 70 years
- Significant chronic medical problems
- Poor mobility
- Obesity with weight >150kg or BMI >35
- Significant lung disease or Cardiac valvular disease
How do I refer a patient?
- Provide a referral to the patient and have them call us on 02 4910 0591
- Provide an Electronic Referral via Medical Objects to Provider No:
- Dr Napthali – 256342VK
- Dr Forster – 4246743L
- Dr Edwards – 299013CW
- Fax to 02 9475 0094
We look forward to serving you and your patients.