Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Nurse-Led Clinic

Locations

Tennyson Centre

Ph: (08) 8292 2370
520 South Road, Kurralta Park, SA 5037

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Providing rapid and affordable assessment and colorectal cancer screening.


The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program provides eligible Australians, between the ages of 50 and 75, a free faecal occult blood test every two years.

People who receive a positive result from this test are often referred for a colonoscopy for further investigation. Our team of gastroenterologists and nurses can talk you through the risks of a positive screening test, and any following results, to put you at ease.

The Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic is run two days a week by our Colorectal Cancer Prevention Nurse, Michelle Coats. She is highly experienced in this field, having worked for the Bowel Health Service at the Repatriation General Hospital. Patients are seen by Michelle as well as one of the one of our gastroenterologists, Associate Professor Peter Bampton.

Located at Tennyson Centre (Kurralta Park) the clinic aims to provide:

  • Rapid appointment time (within two weeks of referral).
  • Rapid access to colonoscopy (within two weeks of initial appointment).
  • Affordable access to assessment and colonoscopy:
    • All Medicare-eligible patients are bulk-billed for their consultation.
    • The costs of colonoscopy billed directly to your health fund (often called 'Gap Cover' or 'Access Gap').
    • For the uninsured, reasonable rates for self-insured colonoscopy.
  • Quality of colonoscopy service:
    • All patients are given individual, nurse-led education on how to best prepare for their colonoscopy.
    • The colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who is a member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and is recognised as a colonoscopist by the Conjoint Committee of GESA, RACP and RACS and the Re-credentialing Committee of GESA.
    • All colonoscopies performed are subject to a periodical audit to ensure ongoing compliance.

To be seen through this nurse- led clinic, patients need to have a referral from their general practitioner, and:

  • have a referral to be reviewed because of:
    • a positive faecal occult blood test,
    • a family history of colorectal cancer, or
    • a personal history of colonic polyps.
  • have no other significant medical illness, and
  • be aged between 45 and 75.

If you do not meet these criteria and would still like to see a gastroenterologist about your concerns, you can ask your GP for a referral to see any of our qualified and experienced gastroenterologists.

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