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Services and clinics

  • The Department of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at the RCH provides outpatient public clinics and private clinics for children and adolescents.

    Specialist clinics

    • General Paediatric Gastroenterology
    • Hepatology and Liver Transplant
    • Gastrointestinal and liver disease in Cystic Fibrosis
    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Gastrostomy Care Clinic (PEG clinic)
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    • Outreach Liver Transplant and Gastroenterology Clinic in Hobart

    Referral for an appointment

    A referral letter from a General Practitioner (GP) or a paediatrician addressed to a gastroenterologist at RCH is required before making a public or private appointment. The referral needs to include:

    Patient demographic information:

    • Full name of patient
    • Patient date of birth
    • Name of parent, guardian or carer
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Medicare number
    • Indigenous status
    • Interpreter requirements

    Clinical information:

    • Reason for referral – presenting problem, GP diagnosis referral purpose
    • Physical examination results
    • Management to date
    • Investigation results
    • Relevant medical history
    • Allergies
    • Medications

    Public clinics

    The referral letter for public appointments needs to be faxed to the outpatient department on (+61) 3 9345 5034.

    Once the referral is received, all referrals are triaged for clinical urgency. Depending on how urgently the appointment is needed, an appointment will be made for the next available time.

    What to bring to your appointment

    • Referral letter
    • Medicare card, and if required, private health insurance details
    • Any relevant investigations

    Contacting the specialist clinics:

    For all enquires for public outpatient Specialist Clinics, please call (+61) 3 9345 6180. 

    The Specialist Clinics Call Centre is open from 8.15am - 4.15pm, Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays).

    Where you will see the doctor: 

    Specialist Clinics (desks A1 to A6) are located at the Royal Children’s Hospital in the East Building on the Ground floor, directly off “Main Street”. 

    The PEG clinic is held at the Royal Children's Hospital in the West Building in the Day Medical Unit on the second floor.  The PEG clinic is held in the 'Motility Studies Room'. 

    Video consultation

    If you live in rural / regional Victoria or beyond, you may want to consider a telehealth video-consultation for your next appointment. This means a consultation can be provided over the internet. See   telehealth for more information.


    Medicare bulk billing for public outpatient appointments

    PEG clinic

    PEG clinic hours 8 AM - 2.30PM Monday – Friday 

    For bookings email - "MRN for booking " as subject

    Clinical advice: +61 3 9345 5673  or email  "MRN for clinical advice" as subject. 

    Please note: calls/pages/emails/ may not be answered immediately during the clinic hours as the nurse is busy in the clinic with the patients. 

    Referrals: Please email through referrals ASAP to the bookings email. A valid referral is required to book an appointment in the PEG clinic. Please see your GP and ask for a referral to the RCH PEG clinic.

    Epic Inbasket: Gastro PEG Pool

    RCH - Internal referrals can also be made via EPIC:

    •  Order referral to “Outpatient Gastroenterology”
    •  Under "To Depart" type in “Gastro PEG”
    • Please pick up the correct referral duration

      Fellows 12 month referrals

      Registrars/Residents: 12 month referrals

      Consultant specialists : 3 months

      GP: 12 months or indefinite – if clearly stated on the referral.

      Updated 4/11/2021 SA